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Administered by: Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Published Date 14 Jan 2013
Printed Publication Date 14 Jan 2013

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

 

Subsection 368(5)

 

INVITATION TO COMMENT

DRAFT MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THE NORTH-WEST COMMONWEALTH MARINE RESERVES NETWORK

 

 

The Director of National Parks has prepared a draft management plan under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) for the Commonwealth reserves in the North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network. The draft management plan sets out how the North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network will be managed for a period of ten years.

 

The North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network came into effect on 17 November 2012. The reserves of the Network are:

 

Shark Bay Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Carnarvon Canyon Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Gascoyne Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Montebello Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Dampier Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Eighty Mile Beach Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Roebuck Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Argo-Rowley Terrace Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Kimberley Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Mermaid Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Ningaloo Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Ashmore Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Cartier Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve

 

Members of the public are invited to comment on the draft management plan.  Comments may be made in relation to the management plan generally, or as it relates to individual reserves or particular activities within the network.

 

All comments received will be considered and the draft management plan may be revised accordingly. To ensure your comments are clear and concise please:

·         list your points in order, numbered according to the relevant sections or prescriptions (strategies and actions) of the draft plan

·         state whether you agree or disagree with prescriptions and give your reasons

·         if you disagree, suggest alternatives

·         include any matters relevant to management of the reserves in the North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network that are not covered by the draft plan.

 

Comments must be sent to either:

 

1)      Postal address-

North-west Marine Commonwealth Reserves Network Draft Management Plan

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Reply Paid 787

Canberra  ACT  2601

 

2)      Email address - Northwest.draftplan@environment.gov.au

 

Comments on the draft management plan for the North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network must be sent by Thursday 14th February 2013. Comments that are sent after that date or to addresses other than those above cannot be taken into account in finalising the North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network management plan.

 

Please note that all comments may be treated as public documents and may be made public on the department’s website. 

 

Copies of the draft management plan and further information is available at www.environment.gov.au/marinereserves or by contacting the Community Information Unit of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities on freecall 1800 069 352.

 

 

Signed this day of 14th January 2013.

 

 

 

SIGNED

 

 

Charlton Clark

Assistant Secretary

Commonwealth Marine Reserves Branch

Marine Division

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Delegate of the Director of National Parks