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Transparency please, Mr Premier

Rebecca Hubbard Marine Campaigner with Environment Tasmania

The Bruny marine bioregion is just one of Tasmania’s nine world-class marine regions under pressure from climate change impacts, introduced marine pests and fishing. Just like national parks on land, marine reserves protect our unique marine environment such as kelp forests and the critically endangered Handfish, whilst allowing people to enjoy the environment through surfing, diving and kayaking,” explained Christian Bell of the Tasmanian Conservation Trust.
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Transparency Please, Mr Premier

Wednesday 27 August, Launceston

Marine conservation supporters will be delivering a message direct to Premier Bartlett at Albert Hall tomorrow that unaccountable Lennonesque politics will not be accepted when it comes to avoiding protection of Tasmania’s marine environment.

“The Tasmanian Government’s new commitment to ethical and transparent governance is baseless if they continue to ignore the credible and scientifically based decisions that the RPDC has delivered for protection of the Bruny marine bioregion,” said Rebecca Hubbard, Marine Campaigner with Environment Tasmania.

“Minister for Primary Industries, Mr Llewellyn, has manipulated the formal RPDC planning process and ignored the State Marine Protected Areas Strategy. If Premier Bartlett is serious about cleaning up the act of the Tasmanian Government, it’s time he stepped in and took the lead to accept the RPDC’s Draft Recommendations to increase marine reserves in the Bruny bioregion and commit to establishing reserves in the rest of the state,” concluded Ms Hubbard.

“The Bruny marine bioregion is just one of Tasmania’s nine world-class marine regions under pressure from climate change impacts, introduced marine pests and fishing. Just like national parks on land, marine reserves protect our unique marine environment such as kelp forests and the critically endangered Handfish, whilst allowing people to enjoy the environment through surfing, diving and kayaking,” explained Christian Bell of the Tasmanian Conservation Trust.

Tasmanian Marine Naturalist Jane Elek noted “Premier Bartlett has stated in Parliament: What I can guarantee to the Tasmanian people is that I will take a balanced approach. However, his comments on marine protected areas are distinctly unbalanced: he sees them only in relation to fishing, and not their importance for tourism, conservation, research or non-fishing recreation.”

What: Public protest at City Park, near Albert Hall, Launceston

When: 8.45-9.30am Thursday 28 August 2008

Rebecca Hubbard, Environment Tasmania

Christian Bell, Tasmanian Conservation Trust

Jane Elek, Tasmanian Marine Naturalists Association

Supporting Organisations: Ocean Planet Tasmania, Environment Tasmania, Tasmanian Conservation Trust, The Wilderness Society Tasmania, Save Ralphs Bay, Tasmanian Marine Naturalists Association

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