Last chance to show your support for Australian Marine Reserves

Last month a historic proposal was revealed that would make Australia home to the world’s largest network of marine protected areas.

If you haven’t seen the consultation paper, you can download it here. For IFAW’s breakdown of what the marine reserves will mean for you as a water-loving Australian you can read my earlier post here.

By introducing the marine reserves network, our federal government is taking a vital step in recognizing the importance of protecting the marine environment for future generations and setting a precedent for the rest of the world to follow.

The enactment of this proposal will be something we can all be proud of. In fact, a  recent national survey revealed the proposal to create the world’s largest network of marine parks to be the most popular decision the federal government has made since Julia Gillard became Prime Minister, with over 70% of Australians supporting the proposal.

But it’s crucial that members of the public demonstrate this support by responding to the federal government’s public comment period, which has now commenced.

What you might not realise, is just how important your contribution will be, with a number of vested interests currently trying to stop the proposal in its tracks.   

We understand you’re busy, which is why we’ve drafted a template email you can use containing what we feel are the key points. Alternatively, you can email your own comments on the proposal to the government at

The public comment period will close on Monday 10 September 2012 and quite simply, we need to demonstrate the level of public support for this issue in order to ensure the reserves become a reality.

We naturally hope if you’re reading this message, you’re one of those 70% who support the marine protected areas and will contribute your own voice to back them.

A few seconds of your time to send your message now could help protect these waters for generations to come.

-- MC

Comments: 1

4 years ago

I find it disgusting that there are countries who still believe it is O.K to kill whales. What sort of a message does this send to the young people in their countries. Kill everything at any price
Margaret Head

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Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova, Regional Director, Russia & CIS
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