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:

  • promote the exchange of information between stakeholders, the Authority and other management partners
  • provide advice to the Authority on issues and management proposals relating to the Great Barrier Reef
  • encourage and empower local communities to take action to reduce threats and build Reef resilience (as identified in the Reef Blueprint, Outlook Report and the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan)

Local Marine Advisory Committee Charter of operations

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.

Local Marine Advisory Committee's collaborate on locally relevant projects that contribute to the health of the Reef. Local Marine Advisory Committee's are not directly funded to conduct projects but members are encouraged to partner with local organisations and apply for grants for stewardship activities through the Reef Guardians Grants Program.

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 meeting dates for July 2020

Cape York 23/07/2020Douglas 14/07/2020Cairns 21/07/2020Cassowary Coast 8/07/2020
Hinchinbrook 15/07/2020Townsville 09/07/2020Mackay 08/07/2020 Bowen/Burdekin  07/07/2020
Capricorn Coast 16/07/2020Burnett 14/07/2020Gladstone 15/07/2020Whitsundays 14/07/2020