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?

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.

Email: lmac@gbrmpa.gov.au
Phone: (07) 4750 0700
Post: Local Marine Advisory Committee Coordinator
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
PO Box 1379
Townsville QLD 4810


The purpose of the Local Marine Advisory Committees is to:

  • 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:

Local Marine Advisory Committee Charter of operations

Local Marine Advisory Committee meeting dates for May 2019

Cape York 23/05/19Douglas 07/05/19Cairns 21/05/2019Cassowary Coast 08/05/2019
Hinchinbrook 22/05/19Townsville 16/05/19Mackay 09/05/19 Bowen/Burdekin  01/05/19
Capricorn Coast 16/05/19Burnett 14/05/19Gladstone 15/05/19Whitsundays 07/05/19