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. 

Mission Beach safe boating infrastructure

GBRMPA is seeking public comments on a proposal by the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (QLD) to improve boating facilities at Boat Bay Reserve, Mission Beach. Activities proposed within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are: a 125-metre breakwater to shelter the Perry Harvey jetty, a pedestrian access ramp on Perry Harvey jetty, and two heavy duty moorings buoys. At Clump Point boat ramp, the proposal is for: a third boat lane, a second launching pontoon, a 1880 square metre reclamation to increase vehicle turn-around space and car parking, seawall repair works and the removal of two obstacles from the channel on approach to the boat ramp. An information package is available.

Public comment period is open to 1 April 2015.

Comments should be emailed to