Consultation - completed

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

The below proposals are in the final phases of the consultative processes.


Whitsunday Plan of Management

The Whitsundays Plan of Management (the Plan) outlines the activities that can occur in the region, while protecting the spectacular environment. The Plan is currently being reviewed. The public consultation period has now closed.

After considering public comments, the amending instruments were finalised and provided to the Marine Park Authority Board and Federal Executive Council for approval. The updated Whitsunday Plan of Management is now in effect.
Queensland Shark Control Program

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries applied to continue operating its shark control program in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park waters.

The activities involve a program to take animals that pose a threat to human life or safety using baited drumlines in the Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Capricorn Coast and Gladstone areas and a research program in those same areas.

Permit granted

Statement of reasons for the decision

Assessment report

News release

Reconsideration Decision - Statement of Reasons

Hamilton Island Enterprises Limited Hardy Reef Pontoon

Hamilton Island Enterprises Limited is proposing to upgrade, install and operate a replacement tourism pontoon and conduct a tourist program with an ancillary vessel on an existing mooring at Hardy Reef. The existing Hardy Reef pontoon is located within the Whitsundays Management Area of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It is due for replacement and it is proposed to attach a new pontoon to the existing mooring. The upgraded pontoon will be used for tourist activities and will feature an upper level helicopter landing pad leading down into an enclosed lounge area with equipment storage. An ancillary vessel will be berthed within the structure.  An information package is available. The operation of a facility requires permission under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan 2003.

Permit granted.

Bowen Basin Terminal proposal

Hay Point Exports is proposing to construct and operate a barging and transhipping terminal, the Bowen Basin Terminal, at Hay Point south of Mackay.The proposal would require a permit under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act.

GBRMPA and the Department of the Environment are working together to make an initial assessment of preliminary information to determine if the project is likely to impact on matters of national environmental significance.

Application withdrawn under GBRMPA legislation.
Prawn farm expansion at Guthalungra by Pacific Reef Fisheries (Bowen)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.Permit granted.
Port of Townsville expansion project (Port of Townsville Ltd)

EPBC 2011/5979
Port of Townsville Limited proposes to expand the Port of Townsville in Cleveland Bay. The project is a staged development, expected to take approximately 20 years to complete. The proposal involves a number of activities including reclamation, dredging to extend the existing shipping channels, and the disposal of approximately 5.6 million cubic metres of sediment at an existing dredge disposal site inside the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and at the boundary of the Marine Park.Varied EPBC referral indicates no activities are proposed for the Marine Park. Application withdrawn.