New state Environment Minister Rob Stokes shares a passion for the ocean with Premier Mike Baird and has vowed to enhance protection of marine areas during his tenure.
The politicians are close friends, keen surfers and serve beachside electorates – Stokes in Pittwater and Baird in Manly.
Mr Stokes said a key priority for the Baird government would be to strengthen marine park protection.
“There is going to be a renewed focus on environmental protection,” Mr Stokes said. “The Premier has indicated that he is really keen that our marine estate is effectively protected.”
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