This morning the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, the Hon. Tony Burke, released the final Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network proposals for the South-west, North-west, North, Coral Sea and Temperate East Marine Regions.
The final marine reserves network proposals reflects revisions made as a result of the recent public consultation process conducted in each marine region and the assessment of potential socio-economic impacts undertaken in parallel with the public consultation.
In the coming weeks, the Director of National Parks will release a public notice inviting comment on the proposed proclamation of the final Commonwealth marine reserves. Once the notice has been published in the Commonwealth Government Gazette, the public will have 60 days to provide comment to the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.
Information on the final Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network proposal can be found at www.environment.gov.au/marinereserves
National Map: http://www.environment.gov.au/coasts/mbp/reserves/pubs/map-national.pdf
Kimberley map: http://www.environment.gov.au/coasts/mbp/reserves/nw-kimberley.html