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Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon. Dr David Kemp
12 November 2003
The Australian Government has agreed in principle to a structural adjustment package for commercial fishers and others adversely affected by a new zoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to protect biodiversity.
Environment and Heritage Minister, Dr David Kemp, said he hoped to present the re-zoning of the Park to Parliament next month.
The structural adjustment package will be developed by Dr Kemp in consultation with the Treasurer, the Minister for Finance and Administration, and the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation.
Dr Kemp said the Cabinet decision would provide welcome reassurance to commercial fishers and others who may be adversely affected by the plan.
"The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is working to put before me soon a zoning plan that will protect significant representative areas of the 70 bioregions that make up the Park, while minimizing impacts on existing users," Dr Kemp said.
"There will, however, be some adverse impacts, especially on the commercial fishing industry, and I am pleased that the decision of Cabinet will enable fair treatment for those adversely affected."