Following the release of the reports from the independent Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review, the Director of National Parks invited feedback on the proposal to prepare draft management plans for the South-west, North-west, North and Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Networks and the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve.
The first consultation period closed on 31 October 2016. Comments received are being taken into account in the development of draft management plans for the reserves in each region.
The Director of National Parks will use the comments provided through the statutory public consultation process and public feedback on the recommendations of the independent review reports to inform the preparation of management plans.
It is intended that draft management plans be released in the first quarter of 2017 for further comment and feedback.
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