Save Manly's marine conservation aquarium facility

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Please restore the aquarium building at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary and keep this site as conservation facility with a focus on the marine environment and conservation.

The aquarium at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary was built in 1965 and has a rich history for locals and visitors alike. It is a much loved icon of Manly and operated under various names including Manly Marineland, Oceanworld Manly and more recently since 2011, Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary. Both the aquarium and the fantastic team at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary have played a huge role in the SEA LIFE values of Breed, Rescue and Protect including various grey nurse shark and turtle rescue releases, multiple beach cleans and the driving influence behind Sustainable Organisations of Manly (SO Manly).

Through this facility, many people have learned about the wonderful local treasures we have in Manly and Australia. This interaction and experience has enabled people to go forward and make positive changes in the marine environment around the world. Many children in the local community and abroad have learned about the ocean in this place. Couples have dived here and proposed marriage. Children have hosted birthday parties here. Each year the Manly Environment Centre Eco Awards are held here. Conservation documentary movie nights are run here. SO Manly was founded here based on the model of the world-renowned, Monterrey Bay Aquarium, with dedication to sustainable community projects. This site is highly significant as it holds social, cultural and environmental values.

We ask that the building owner works with a suitable future leaseholder, to restore the facility and education centre. Please ensure that it retains its dedication to the marine environment, which is so important for Manly and Sydney residents and visitors from around the world.



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