TWO hundred businesses from across the South West have joined forces to protect the region’s brand as an iconic tourist destination.
The businesses will urge the federal government to reinstate a network of marine sanctuaries off the South West coast.
Business owners who have signed on to a statement of concern will meet with Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino tomorrow, Friday July 17, to highlight the flow-on benefits of marine sanctuaries for local jobs and economic growth.
The statement of concern highlights the region’s world-renowned reputation for “pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and extraordinary marine life.”
It raises the importance of holding onto the title of an iconic tourist destination by adequately protecting the unique marine environment.
The plan is to convince Mrs Marino to take their concerns to federal environment minister Greg Hunt.
“Healthy marine life means healthy businesses around the South West,” Australia’s South West chief executive officer Jasmine Meagher said.
“Before the government’s current review, trawlers and gillnets were removed from Geographe Bay, significantly boosting its future as a recreational fishing.”