Public consultation

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) consults the public on a range of matters, including permit applications and proposed developments.

A list of current plans, applications and assessments for public consultation are available online, along with details on the process.

All proposals for development within or partly within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park must be assessed for a permit under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975.

If the proposal is likely to have a significant impact on a matter of national environmental significance, including the Marine Park and World Heritage Area, then the proponent must also seek approval from the Federal Environment Minister under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Proposals open for public comment

The opportunity for the public to comment on a proposal is an important part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority environmental assessment and consultative processes. As part of these processes, interested parties are invited to contact GBRMPA for more information, or to make a written submission in relation to the proposal. 

Project
Summary
 Status
Proposed prawn farm expansion at Guthalungra by Pacific Reef Fisheries (Bowen)

Public comments are invited on a proposal by Pacific Reef Fisheries (Bowen) Pty Ltd to expand its prawn farm at Guthalungra. 

Activities proposed within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are: (1) construction and operation of one sea water intake pipeline; (2) construction and operation of one wastewater discharge pipeline; (3) construction and operation of one submerged pump station; and (4) discharge of wastewater into the Marine Park. 


Comments on the proposal should be emailed to assessments@gbrmpa.gov.au by 30 January 2015.