Local Marine Advisory Committees
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is advised on Marine Park management issues at a local level by voluntary community-based committees called Local Marine Advisory Committees.
Established in 1999, the committees enable local communities to have effective input into managing the Marine Park and provide a community forum for interest groups, government and the community to discuss issues around marine resources.
How to become involved?
Nominations for membership for all 12 committees are now closed.
The committees need to be as diverse as possible, so we’re looking for representatives from a range of interest groups including fishing, Traditional Owners, tourism, farming, resources, recreation, education, research, conservation and shipping.
The Marine Park Authority encourages a mix of backgrounds, experience and expertise and due to a lack of representation from younger people, those aged 18–30 are particularly encouraged to apply.
Participants at Local Marine Advisory Committee meetings include members, staff from the Marine Park Authority and management partners, presenters and observers. Stakeholders interested in presenting at or observing a Local Marine Advisory Committee meeting should contact the relevant committee chair.
Contact us for more information.
Phone: (07) 4750 0700
Post: Local Marine Advisory Committee Coordinator
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
PO Box 1379
Townsville QLD 4810
- improve the involvement and support of local communities in the managing the ecologically, socially and economically sustainable use, and the conservation of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area
- advise the Marine Park Authority and other World Heritage Area agencies on issues and policies relating to specific activities, conservation, environment, public information and education concerning their local catchment, marine and coastal region
- facilitate communication between user groups in the local community
- promote the exchange of information and raise awareness of issues impacting on the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem.
This helps the Marine Park Authority and other management agencies keep in touch with marine and coastal issues at a local level and understand the use of the Marine Park. These committees provide both an advisory and a communication role between the community and the Marine Park Authority.
The Reef Guardians Grants Program replaces previously existing granting activities run by the Authority including the Local Marine Advisory Committee Project Funds. The Program encourages collaboration on locally relevant projects that will positively influence the values of the Great Barrier Reef.
Committees meet up to five times a year and after each meeting a communique is produced and posted on our website.
During the Local Marine Advisory Committees term, we will facilitate and sponsor a meeting to bring together chairs from each of the 12 Local Marine Advisory Committees. This meeting provides an opportunity to review the progress of Local Marine Advisory Committees work programs and to discuss issues of concern as well as the current priorities for the community and the agency.
The 12 Local Marine Advisory Committees are:
- Cape York
- Cassowary Coast
- Capricorn Coast
Local Marine Advisory Committee Charter of operations
Local Marine Advisory Committee forms
- Nomination form
- Chair sitting fee form
- Secretary payment form
- Risk assessment form
- Agenda template
- Minutes template
- Media release template
- Facebook group guidelines
- Charter of operations 2018-2021
Local Marine Advisory Committee meeting dates for September 2018
|Cape York 20/09/2018||Douglas 11/09/2018||Cairns 18/09/2018||Cassowary Coast 12/09/2018|
|Hinchinbrook 19/09/2018||Townsville 13/09/2018||Mackay 12/09/2018||Bowen/Burdekin 5/09/2018|
|Capricorn Coast 13/09/2018||Burnett 11/09/2018||Gladstone 12/09/2018||Whitsundays 11/09/2018|
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