Marine park plan will be reworked

IT will be back to the drawing board for the changes to regulations governing the Solitary Islands Marine Park, according to newly re-elected Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell.

Mr Cansdell said the new Coalition Government would scrap the current plan for the park because of the flawed consultation which had led to the changes.

“I don’t think the views of the majority of users of the park were considered,” he said.

“I think a lot of the submissions were from groups like the National Parks Association.

“I spoke to people from Red Rock who were pretty happy with the first draft of the plan, but when the final plan appeared it was totally different.

“I don’t think the consultation process was open and transparent.”

Mr Cansdell said he had also met with marine parks people at the Red Rock Bowling Club and they had complained that they felt duped by the consultation process.

“They said the wanted to employ more local knowledge,” he said.

“The changes should reflect scientific input rather than political ideology.

“There’s got to be a balance between environmental considerations and those of park users.”

Mr Cansdell also said the park boundaries offshore would be straightened.

“The curved boundaries of the recent plan were too hard for a lot of park users,” he said.

“Even with GPS people were getting themselves in trouble.”

Mr Cansdell said the process would be taken back to just before last “lock-up”.

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