Tomorrow MPs across the political divide will be joining the local community in the Coorong to talk about new legislation proposed by Greens MLC Tammy Franks. The legislation, which has been called for by the local community, will establish the Coorong Environmental Trust; an independent body with the objective of driving the restoration of flows and ecological stability within the Lower Lakes and the Coorong, with a strong focus on the Ramsar principle of sustainable use.
Labor, Liberal, Greens, and SA Best MPs will all be at the Goolwa Wharf, Goolwa tomorrow March 30 2019 from 10:00am to launch the Coorong Environmental Trust Bill 2019, which will be introduced by the Hon Tammy Franks MLC into parliament next week.
The Trust will consist of members representing organisations with a professional, financial, physical or legal commitment to the ecological wellbeing of the Coorong. This will be an independent Trust that operates outside of the Government to manage the Coorong Ramsar site.
The following quotes are attributable to Tammy Franks MLC:
“It’s time to take the politics out, and put science and the community back at the heart of the management of the Coorong and Lower Lakes.
“This Trust will empower the local and scientific community to manage the lower lakes and Coorong in the way they know and can demonstrate is best, taking some of the politics out of the management of that waterway for the benefit of the local community and the environment.
“We want this Trust to be as independent from state Government, while still affording the state Government and the Parliament the opportunity to use information and reports from the Trust to inform decision making.