Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Fisheries; Electoral Affairs

Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Former Minister for State Development; Transport; Innovation

    Shark Bay marine and nature services boosted

    11/05/2012 12:00 AM
    • $8.5million building to boost services to the Denham community
    • Shared facility improves management of important WA fishing and tourist area 
    • Local marine rescue volunteers get new emergency operations base

    A purpose-built facility to deliver better services to protect, regulate and manage Western Australia’s Shark Bay marine area was officially opened today in Denham.


    Fisheries Minister Norman Moore and Environment Minister Bill Marmion opened the new $8.5million building that will be shared by the departments of Fisheries and Environment and Conservation (DEC) and local marine rescue volunteers.


    Mr Moore said the new facility would support improved management, compliance and education services to local residents and the thousands of tourists who visited Denham.


    “Co-location of Fisheries and DEC will reduce costs and duplication of similar activities and these better facilities will support officers from both agencies who deliver licensing services and marine park information, as well as general information, brochures and guides promoting appropriate behaviour in the marine and terrestrial environments of Shark Bay,” he said.


    “The new facility provides a good vantage point to the waterfront and jetty area for Fisheries officers to monitor boating activity and improve compliance effectiveness.”


    The new building will also become a new base for the local marine rescue volunteers.


    “Marine rescue is a perfect fit with the government agencies that have vessels and experienced staff at call during marine emergencies, ensuring confidence for local recreational and commercial fishers and for other aquatic activities in this important fishing and tourist area,” Mr Moore said.


    Environment Minister Bill Marmion said co-operation of the region’s DEC and Fisheries’ staff had led to highly successful joint servicing arrangements for Shark Bay Marine Park.


    “The marine park and, in particular, sanctuary zones are subject to an extensive compliance program across both agencies. The successful joint servicing arrangements are so well regarded they are a model for other marine parks in the State,” Mr Marmion said.


    DEC would also have a better base to deliver the new management plan for the area, which will guide how terrestrial conservation reserves will be managed in Shark Bay for the next 10 years, and to support science and education in the region.


    The opening of the Knight Terrace building coincided with Denham’s annual Fishing Fiesta.


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    Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 5400

    Environment Minister's office - 6552 6800