Batemans Bay Marine Park Committee to meet again in June

THE newly re-established Batemans Bay Marine Park Advisory Committee will hold its third meeting next month to continue working to ensure the marine estate is a popular drawcard for visitors and locals in the region.

The Batemans Marine Park covers almost 85,000 hectares from north Murramarang Beach near Bawley Point to Wallaga Lake in the south.

“The Advisory Committee’s role is to make sure the park is a clean, safe, healthy and biologically diverse marine estate that’s enjoyed by community groups and tourists,” said BMP Acting Manager, Justin Gilligan.

“The Committee represents the views of several interest groups from marine conservation and science to indigenous communities, tourist and scuba groups and commercial and recreational fishers.”

The Committee aims to provide a voice for local groups to raise issues about the health and management of the marine estate and give valuable feedback to the NSW Government.

The NSW Government has a vision for a clean and productive marine estate with a strong focus on economic, social and ecological considerations.

Since its establishment, the committee has met twice and will hold its third meeting in June.

“Visitors and local communities enjoy a great range of activities within the Batemans Marine Park.”

“It’s a major drawcard for fishers, swimmers, surfers, divers and boating enthusiasts at the NSW South Coast and the Committee wants to ensure these activities are being managed in an ecologically sustainable way,” said Mr Gilligan.

Issues regarding the management or use of the estate can be discussed with a Committee member via email batemans@dpi.nsw.gov.au

A full list of Committee members can be found at www.marine.nsw.gov.au

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