Marine park views tobe aired at forum

A public forum on the controversial Cape Byron Marine Park will be held on Sunday afternoon at Byron Bay's Railway Park.

It has been organised by Friends of Cape Byron Marine Park which says it wants to give anyone who wants to, an opportunity to be heard on what they want the marine park to look like.

Organiser, Serge Killingbeck, said the public debate on the park had very little to do with the community but had become totally focused on the single issue of recreational angling.

Mr Killingbeck said the community's fears, vision and aspirations for the marine park they wanted had been completely sub- sumed in a bitter, single issue spat.

He said the negativity and personal attacks had been very destructive and not conducive to an outcome everyone could be proud of.

"In talking to a broad cross section of folk, including local councillors and anglers, what I discovered is that many are confused, even annoyed, with a barrage of conflicting information and claims that are largely meaningless to most," he said.

"Accordingly, we have endeavoured to make a public forum available which I hope people will use."

Sunday's forum starts at 1 pm.

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