Marine sanctuaries are great for our state


1 October 2014 

Today South Australia's new marine sanctuaries come into effect, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to protect our state's valuable marine areas and marine life.


We did it!

The SA Parliament has just voted for marine sanctuaries and marine life and against the Opposition's Marine Parks Amendment bill!

This means that on 1 October South Australia gets its world-class marine parks network, with the most precious marine areas and unique marine life protected. How wonderful is that?

We'd like to say an enormous thank you to each of you for your support on this journey. There is no way we could have done this without you.

Also, special mention must be made of the efforts Ministers Geoff Brock and Martin Hamilton-Smith went to to listen to all sides in recent weeks. It was Minister Brock who ultimately voted against the bill, meaning that SA's marine parks network is safe.

Please, it's very important that we all show our support in a number of ways over the next few days. We're hearing that those unhappy with today's result have been asked to hit the airwaves and register their disappointment with Minister Brock.

1. Could you email Minister Brock now at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it thanking him?

2. Consider writing a short letter to the Advertiser This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and phone in during Leon Byner's program 5AA between 9am and 1pm on 8223 0000 voicing your support, and importantly thanking Minister Geoff Brock for his careful deliberation and leadership.

3. Share the news on social media. Our Facebook post on the win is here.

Thank you again.

For our marine life,

Craig Wilkins                                      Peter Owen
Chief Executive                                   Director
Conservation Council of SA                  The Wilderness Society SA


Support for Renewable Target Welcome

23 September 2014

The state's peak environment body has welcomed the announcement today by the Premier for an increase in the state's Renewable Energy Target, and strongly backed the Premier's call for the Commonwealth to reject the Warburton Review's downgrading of the Federal RET.


Win for marine life, fish stocks and all South Australians


18 September 2014

Conservation groups are declaring today a win for regional communities, fish stocks and for marine life, after the Opposition's Marine Parks Amendment Bill was defeated in the Lower House.


New Report: SA Marine Sanctuaries Worth Millions


9 September 20140

A new report released today highlights significant economic opportunities for South Australia as a result of the new marine sanctuaries due to come into effect on 1 October. Commissioned by the Conservation Council of South Australia and prepared by the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies, The Report conservatively estimates just some of the value of South Australia's marine sanctuaries to be more than $23 million per year. (View and download The Report)

"This Report should go a long way towards putting to bed concerns that marine parks are bad for regional economies. Evidence from around Australia suggests that marine parks are great for the regions and great for fishing," said Craig Wilkins, Chief Executive of the Conservation Council of SA.

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