Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch is petitioning the NSW Government to create a new Artificial Reef off the Central Coast.
Mr Crouch said an online petition has been created to seek funding and support from the NSW Government to design and construct an Offshore Artificial Reef.
“Our coastline boasts some of the most vibrant ocean environments in NSW, and the ex-HMAS Adelaide is a fantastic example of the remarkable transformation that a single site can have on the surrounding area,” Mr Crouch said.
“The ex-HMAS Adelaide site is quite rightly designated a marine reserve but I want to ensure that local fishers have a similar type of reef to enjoy.
“Creating a million-dollar Offshore Artificial Reef would be an amazing tourism driver, while also providing a benefit to thousands of keen local fishers across a range of ages.”
Mr Crouch said fishing is an integral part of the Central Coast’s lifestyle and economy.
“We must get the balance right between protecting and conserving our environment for the future, while also ensuring our beaches and waterways remain open to all,” Mr Crouch said.
“I’m hoping to gain as much support as possible from recreational fishers, spearfishers, commercial operators and local residents before presenting this petition to the Agriculture Minister.”
For more information, go to: www.adamcrouchmp.com.au/ArtificialReef.