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This proclamation renames fifty-eight existing “Commonwealth Marine Reserves” to “Marine Parks”.
Administered by: Environment and Energy
Made 09 Oct 2017
Registered 10 Oct 2017
Tabled HR 16 Oct 2017
Tabled Senate 16 Oct 2017
Date of repeal 12 Oct 2017
Repealed by Division 1 of Part 3 of Chapter 3 of the Legislation Act 2003

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

Issued by Authority of the Minister for the Environment and Energy

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (Commonwealth Marine Reserves Renaming) Proclamation 2017

 

Subsection 350(1) of the Act provides that the Governor-General may amend a Proclamation declaring a Commonwealth reserve by another Proclamation.

 

The purpose of the amendment Proclamation is to rename fifty-eight existing “Commonwealth marine reserves” to “marine parks” as per Annexure A to this statement. It does not amend any other aspects of these reserves.

 

The term “marine parks” is more easily understood than “Commonwealth marine reserves” and provides greater consistency for marine users. It aligns better with naming used by other jurisdictions and the Director of National Parks’ name. The term “marine parks” also more accurately conveys that these areas are special places, like national parks on land, that are for people to use and enjoy as well as for protecting important marine habitats and species.

 

Changing the names of the reserves from “Commonwealth marine reserves” to “marine parks” is therefore expected to make them more recognisable to marine users, better convey their purpose, and draw a clearer link between them and the Director of National Parks.

 

Subsection 351(1) of the Act provides that before the Governor‑General makes a Proclamation under this Subdivision, the Minister must consider a report prepared by the Director of National Parks on the matter to be dealt with by the Proclamation.

 

Consistent with subsections 351(2) and 351(3), the Director of National Parks invited the public to make comments on the proposal to rename the reserves during a 62 day period (21 July 2017 to 20 September 2017). People were asked to send comments by email, post or online form during this period. Only 16 submissions were received—some in support, some opposed and some neutral on the renaming proposal. The comments received and the Director of National Parks’ views on those comments were considered by the Minister for the Environment and Energy. The Minister subsequently decided to recommend this amendment Proclamation to the Governor General.

 

Advice received from the Office of Best Practice Regulation indicates that as there is no additional regulatory burden imposed by changing the names of the reserves, there is no requirement for a regulatory impact statement (OBPR reference number 22665).

The Proclamation is a legislative instrument for the purposes of the Legislation Act 2003

The Proclamation commenced the day after registration on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments.


 

 

 

Annexure A

Details of the proposed name changes resulting from the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (Commonwealth Marine Reserves Renaming) Proclamation 2017

 

Current name

Proposed name

South-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network

South-west network of Marine Parks

Southern Kangaroo Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Southern Kangaroo Island Marine Park

Western Kangaroo Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Western Kangaroo Island Marine Park

Western Eyre Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Western Eyre Marine Park

Murat Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Murat Marine Park

Great Australian Bight Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Great Australian Bight Marine Park

Twilight Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Twilight Marine Park

Eastern Recherche Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Eastern Recherche Marine Park

South-west Corner Commonwealth Marine Reserve

South-west Corner Marine Park

Bremer Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Bremer Marine Park

Geographe Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Geographe Marine Park

Perth Canyon Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Perth Canyon Marine Park

Two Rocks Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Two Rocks Marine Park

Jurien Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Jurien Marine Park

Abrolhos Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Abrolhos Marine Park

North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network

North-west network of Marine Parks

Shark Bay Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Shark Bay Marine Park

Carnarvon Canyon Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Carnarvon Canyon Marine Park

Ningaloo Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Ningaloo Marine Park

Gascoyne Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Gascoyne Marine Park

Montebello Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Montebello Marine Park

Dampier Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Dampier Marine Park

Eighty Mile Beach Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park

Roebuck Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Roebuck Marine Park

Mermaid Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Mermaid Reef Marine Park

Argo-Rowley Terrace Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Argo-Rowley Terrace Marine Park

Kimberley Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Kimberley Marine Park

Ashmore Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Ashmore Reef Marine Park

Cartier Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Cartier Island Marine Park

North Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network

North network of Marine Parks

Joseph Bonaparte Gulf Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Joseph Bonaparte Gulf Marine Park

Oceanic Shoals Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Oceanic Shoals Marine Park

Arafura Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Arafura Marine Park

Arnhem Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Arnhem Marine Park

Wessel Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Wessel Marine Park

Limmen Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Limmen Marine Park

Gulf of Carpentaria Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Gulf of Carpentaria Marine Park

West Cape York Commonwealth Marine Reserve

West Cape York Marine Park

Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Coral Sea Marine Park

Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network

Temperate East network of Marine Parks

Gifford Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Gifford Marine Park

Norfolk Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Norfolk Marine Park

Lord Howe Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Lord Howe Marine Park

Central Eastern Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Central Eastern Marine Park

Solitary Islands Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Solitary Islands Marine Park

Cod Grounds Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Cod Grounds Marine Park

Hunter Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Hunter Marine Park

Jervis Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Jervis Marine Park

South-east Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network

South-east network of Marine Parks

East Gippsland Commonwealth Marine Reserve

East Gippsland Marine Park

Beagle Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Beagle Marine Park

Flinders Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Flinders Marine Park

Freycinet Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Freycinet Marine Park

Huon Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Huon Marine Park

South Tasman Rise Commonwealth Marine Reserve

South Tasman Rise Marine Park

Macquarie Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Macquarie Island Marine Park

Tasman Fracture Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Tasman Fracture Marine Park

Franklin Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Franklin Marine Park

Boags Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Boags Marine Park

Apollo Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Apollo Marine Park

Zeehan Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Zeehan Marine Park

Nelson Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Nelson Marine Park

Murray Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Murray Marine Park