Debate on marina park rezoning
THE State Government has dismissed claims by the Nature Conservation Council that it is close to making a decision about rezoning of the Solitary Islands Marine Park.
From Bare Bluff to Diggers Point and Moonee Beach, the government proposes to rezone the shoreline to 100m offshore from the sanctuary zone to habitat protection zone to permanently allow shore-based recreational line fishing.
In a statement, Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair said the department was considering more than 6600 submissions received last November during the public consultation and would announce its decision in due course.
Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the backlash against the re-zoning was from non-local groups who did not necessarily understand the opportunities recreational fishing afforded to the community.