Thursday, February 29, 2024

Marine Parks Moratorium Bill passed

SHOOTERS and Fishers Party MLC, Robert Brown, said he was delighted his Bill putting a five year moratorium on new marine parks in NSW or the expansion of existing sanctuary zones, will now become law.

Brown said the Bill was passed by the Legislative council a couple of weeks ago, and was last night sponsored through the lower house by Northern Tablelands MP, Richard Torbay.

“I thank Mr Torbay for his enthusiastic support of the Bill in the Lower House, despite opposition from the Labor Party; the independent member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper; Sydney independent MP Clover Moore; and Greens MP Jamie Parker”, he said.

Brown said he was confident the new government will provide the necessary funding for a proper scientific analysis of marine parks and the efficacy of sanctuary zones.

“Properly implemented, trial fishing in sanctuary zones will cause no harm. Recreational fishers have been locked out of the best fishing spots at the behest of the Greens.

“The Greens no longer hold sway over the Government, and I hope that with the passage of our Bill, I expect the Shooters and Fishers Party will be able to clear the way for fishermen to return to the places the Greens took from them,” Brown said.

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