Strong public interest in South Coast Marine Park plans

Thousands of submissions have been received from individuals and organisations during the consultation process for the proposed South Coast Marine Park.

The four-month public comment period closed on 16 June, and it’s estimated that more than 19,000 submissions were received throughout the process.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has been engaging with the south coast community and industry about Western Australia’s newest marine park since 2021. The public submission process included an information station operating in Esperance for nine weeks as well as stalls at local markets and at the Condingup Fair.

Meetings were also held with commercial and recreational fishers, community groups and local authorities during the process.

Submissions will be assessed to assist in developing the management plans for the four marine areas between Bremer Bay and the South Australian border.

More on the proposed South Coast Marine Park here.