To the Honourable President and Members of the Legislative Council of New South Wales
This petition of certain citizens of NSW states that:
The Marine environment and plants and animals that rely on it are facing increasing pressure from climate change, pollution and habitat loss from inappropriate coastal development.
Marine Parks, and particularly fully-protected no-take sanctuary zones, are critical to building the resilience of the marine environment to respond and adapt to these pressures.
The environmental, social and economic benefits of marine parks are well documented.
The Hawkesbury Shelf region from Newcastle to Wollongong currently has no Marine Park and less than 1% of coastal waters have any form of protection.