Marine park impact study delayed

MARINE PARKS: A report being compiled for regional development minister Geoff Brock on the economic impacts of marine parks to Eyre Peninsula communities has been delayed due to increased consultation.
MARINE PARKS: A report being compiled for regional development minister Geoff Brock on the economic impacts of marine parks to Eyre Peninsula communities has been delayed due to increased consultation.

A REPORT being compiled for regional development minister Geoff Brock on the economic impacts of marine parks to Eyre Peninsula communities has been delayed due to increased consultation.

The report was expected to be completed by the end of April, however further interviews and consultation in several regions across the state extended the process.

After new marine park sanctuary zone laws were introduced on October 1 last year, Mr Brock requested economic impact statements be created for Ceduna, Port Wakefield and Kangaroo Island.

Although Port Lincoln was left out, a lot of research was undertaken in Port Lincoln in the Ceduna report due to perceived impacts the parks had across wider Eyre Peninsula.

The Adelaide University's South Australian Centre for Economic Studies, which was contracted by the state government to undertake research, visited Port Lincoln and various communities along the West Coast in March.

The centre's director, Michael O'Neil, said a draft report was almost completed.

"Research is nearing completion, it has taken some further time because interviews and consultations were expanded in all three regions," he said.

"The report will include the results of the consultations but also any relevant quantifiable data which has had to be collected."

Mr O'Neil said Mr Brock had been kept informed of the progress of the research and wanted to ensure all parties were consulted and relevant concerns were raised.

The draft report is expected to be submitted by August 24 before receiving an internal review and external peer review.

After final comments, corrections and additions are made the final report will be presented to the department on October 1.

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