Eurobodalla council rejects marine park plan
The Central Coast Regional Council (CCRC) has rejected the plan to expand the Sydney Marine Park, warning it is not sustainable and will increase emissions of chemicals that threaten coastal communities.
Key points: CCRC rejects marine park plan, warns it will not be sustainable
Environmental group opposes expansion
No plans to change location of parks
The plan to create a marine park was rejected by the CCRC on Wednesday.
It told the CCRC it would impose a 10-year moratorium on its expansion plans.
The council said it was concerned for environmental protection, but the council did not give details on how or when the plan would be enforced and whether it would impact on the local community.
But an environmental group said this was not fair because the expansion of the park would create more air pollution, threaten coastal communities and negatively impact on water resources.
"We believe it's outrageous that the Central Coast Regional Council has endorsed the plan to have a new protected marine park at the Darling Harbour," said Bob Brown.
"This decision ignores the serious effects of the pollution associated with industrial pollution of the Darling River, and other waters across Australia."
The CCRC said it was not in agreement with the plan to allow dredging and expansion into the area around the park.
The new marine park would have included a 5,000-metre stretch of dredged sediments on a 20-hectare area of rock, gravel and sand.
The proposed park would have also include a 1,300-metre wide, 895-metre long marine habitat, to accommodate over 700,000 fish.
But the council is concerned that a major expansion into the area around the park would increase air pollution, threaten coastal communities and negatively impact on water resources.
Environmental group wants CCRC to scrap marine park
Mr Brown said the proposed marine park at Darling Harbour should not be expanded to add new fish habitat.
"The people of Darling Harbour deserve far better from Central Coast council than a sea-level rise of as much as 25 metres, in one of the most important marine parks in Australia," Mr Brown said.
"The existing marine park already exists to safeguard our water, the marine wildlife and the local coastal community.
"The plan to create an additional marine park of over 300,000 marine animals, 300,000 fish and 100,000 plants and plants species is not in the best interests of Central Coast or the people of Darling Harbour.
"With the previous plans for the expansion being developed, a large number of people and businesses will have the right to breathe less air.
"Citizens have the right to protect these preciou