Marine Parks in Australia – Minister to make decision
Australia’s Environment Minister Tony Burke is expected to announce the boundaries of protected commonwealth waters in June. Some coalition MPs and commercial fishermen fear jobs will be lost. But author Tim Winton says linking marine parks is broadly popular. Hear him interviewed here (4min) thanks to ABC radio.
“Well I guess we’re at an interesting and pretty exciting moment in our national history. Back when Australia was poorer, less educated, less confident of its place in the world people reserved land for national parks – ecosystems, land forms, forests. And as a result of that – that kind of enlightened impulse – we now enjoy, on the fringes of our cities, in some instances in hearts of the cities themselves, right out into the interior, wild places, places of respite.
Right now we’re right on the cusp of being able to do the same thing in the sea to bring about a system of marine parks right around Australia to basically preserve a good chunk of our ocean assets for the future.”
- Tim Winton, scribbler and environmentalist, redneck, fisherman, surfer, grandfather…