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.


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