Queenslanders to rally against marine parks

QUEENSLAND Liberal National Senator Sue Boyce is urging fishos concerned about the federal government’s network of national marine parks – which if proclaimed come into effect after 10 September – to join a public protest rally in Brisbane this Sunday, August 19, in Brisbane.

Queenslanders will be impacted the most under the government’s marine reserves plan, especially along the east coast where a large proportion of the Coral Sea will be closed to all forms of fishing.

This Sunday’s rally follows on from Senator Boyce’s address to the federal Senate during the week in which she stated:

“If this proposal goes ahead, 77.6 per cent of east coast Queensland waters will be in marine parks. That is almost eight times the international benchmark of 10 per cent. More Queensland waters will be locked up in marine park areas than anywhere else in the world. The Coral Sea will become a no-go zone.”

In her speech Senator Boyce also said, “I urge all Australians who want to protect our oceans, who want to have a fishing industry and who eat Australian wild-caught seafood to hold the government to account. The proposed network has absolutely nothing to do with science but everything to do with politically appeasing the Greens and the major groups which keep Labor in power.” 

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 QLD Liberal National Senator Sue Boyce.

Read Senator Boyce’s full address to the Senate HERE.

For those wishing to join the rally this weekend on the shores of Moreton Bay, the map and directions below outline how to access the at the boat ramp, Sinbad Street, Cabbage Tree Creek, Shorncliffe.

Download more information on the rally HERE.

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Directions to Shorncliffe Jetty and Rally Point: From the south, (travelling north), via Gateway Motorway. Take exit 120 Depot Road.

From the north, (travelling south) via Gateway Motorway. Take exit 123 to Bracken Ridge Road At round about take 2nd exit and then exit to Deagon Deviation.

Use map (above) for directions to Shorncliffe Jetty and Rally Point. When you reach rally point, marshals will provide directions to parking areas.

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