Great Sandy Marine Park review
BOATIES, fishers and users of the Great Sandy Marine Park, which stretches from Double Island Point to Baffle Creek, are invited to take part in a review of the park’s zoning plan to help guide its future management.
Acting Environment Minister Craig Crawford said the zoning plan’s aim was to balance conservation, recreation and commercial activities.
“The current zoning plan is now 13 years old and it’s time it had a comprehensive review,” Minister Crawford said.
“That is why today I am releasing a discussion paper seeking community views on zoning plan opportunities as part of this review.
“The park is important to tourism and for recreational and commercial fishing and it’s a much-loved natural asset for locals, and a popular destination for Australian and international visitors.
“Feedback received via the public consultation process will help guide the development of a draft revised zoning plan and the public will again be consulted once a draft revised zoning plan has been prepared later this year.”
The Great Sandy Marine Park was established in 2006 and protects an area of about 6000km2 along the Bundaberg–Fraser Coast, from Baffle Creek in the north to Double Island Point in the south. It includes Hervey Bay, the Great Sandy Strait and offshore waters to three nautical miles.
Extensive seagrass meadows and mangrove communities, some of the world’s most southerly coastal fringing reefs, and marine animals of international and national conservation significance such as humpback whales, grey nurse sharks, turtles and dugong are found in the Great Sandy Marine Park.
The discussion paper and background information are available at www.qld.gov.au /marine parks.
Stakeholders and members of the public are encouraged to provide feedback via the online survey on the Get Involved website www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au or via a written submission. Submissions close February 25.