Act now!

Earlier this year, thousands of Australians generated a submission to the Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke supporting a large network of marine reserves across northern Australia.

Minister Burke recently announced a proposed network of marine reserves around Australia, including in the tropical oceans of the north. This proposal is a good start but falls short of protecting some of northern Australia’s most ecologically significant areas including Limmen Bight and the offshore Arafura Canyons.

Please write a submission to Minister Burke letting the government know you support their proposal and asking him to do more to help safeguard the Top End’s endangered sea turtles, vulnerable dugongs and rare dolphins.

The public consultation closes on 10th September, so please act now to help safeguard our seas.

In a world-first the Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has announced a proposed network of marine reserves around Australia, including tropical northern Australia. This may soon mean that Australia will have the largest network of marine reserves on Earth. With some vital improvements the network will go a long way to helping save our tropical sea life including our threatened dolphins, turtles and dugongs.

We are asking you to make a submission below to support this historic step forward as well as asking for some necessary improvements to the network.

To make sure your voice is counted in the public consultation, please fill in the details below by 10th September. You can add a comment in the additional comments box at the end. No matter how short, we know that individual comments carry extra weight when government sits down to digest the public response to the proposal.

Let’s be proud that we could soon have the largest network of marine parks in the world!

Commonwealth Marine Reserves Proclamation Comments
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Reply Paid 787
Canberra ACT 2601

Federal Environment Minister, The Hon Tony Burke MP

Dear Minister,

Congratulations on your proposal to establish the largest network of marine reserves in the world.

It is an important and historic step forward for marine conservation and I endorse the reserve proposal as outlined in the Government Gazette on 11 July 2012.

In addition I would ask that you make improvements to the national network, including the following:

  • In the North, off the NT upgrade part of the marine reserves in Limmen Bight and the Arafura Canyons  to marine national park
  • At the Rowley Shoals, off the Kimberley, WA, ensure all four shoals are included in reserves and upgrade the multiple use zone to a marine national park
  • Off Ningaloo Reef, WA, upgrade the multiple use zone to a marine national park at the heads of Cloates and Cape Range canyons and change the habitat protection zone to a marine national park at Gnaraloo.
  • In the Coral Sea, ensure the whole of the seamounts of Osprey, Shark and Vema Reefs are included in the large marine national park
  • In the southern Coral Sea, extend the boundary of the marine national park further south to the 22nd parallel, including Marion, Frederick and Wreck Reefs;
  • Off WA’s South Coast upgrade the marine park off Walpole from Special Purpose Zone to Multiple Use Zone
  • Off Kangaroo Island, SA, upgrade the marine park to exclude oil drilling
  • In Britannia Seamount off NSW, upgrade the marine reserve to marine national park.

Please consider these my comments on the proclamation of the proposal to declare the final Commonwealth marine reserves.

Thank you for taking leadership on this issue of critical importance to the health of our oceans and the long-term future of the marine life and industries they support.

Yours sincerely,
{Your name here}

Thank you for taking action – can you help us spread the word?

Thank you for sending a message to Minister Burke to support his decision to create the world’s largest network of marine sanctuaries. By taking action you are reassuring the Minister that the community supports this historic proposal.

Can you help us increase the number of comments in favour of this historic plan for marine protection by sharing it with your friends, family and colleagues? Every email and signature that is sent to Minister Burke makes our voice stronger and clearer and secures a better future for our amazing tropical sea life.

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