Greens alone in call for greater marine sanctuary zones
THE NSW Greens have warned that marine park protections are under threat after State Parliament voted to remove a moratorium on the review of sanctuary zones.
The O'Farrell Government Bill won numbers in State Parliament, allowing a review of marine park zoning plans and the altering of marine sanctuary boundaries.
Both major parties blocked a Greens amendment stating that sanctuaries are only increased and not decreased across New South Wales.
The power to alter sanctuary zones has been handed to Minister of Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson during the moratorium period.
"Lifting these parts of the moratorium will allow us to move toward a more transparent and effective planning process for each marine park," Ms Hodgkinson said.
Greens Marine Environment and Fisheries spokesman Dr Mehreen Faruqi said there would now be a dramatic shrinking of sanctuary zones accusing both major parties of pandering to the Shooters and Fishers Party.
"I am especially disappointed with the Labor Party who voted with the Government against the Greens amendment that would have allowed the Minister to only increase, not decrease, sanctuary zones in the moratorium period," Dr Faruqi said.