Local Marine Advisory Committees
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is advised on management issues about the Marine Park at a local level by voluntary community-based committees called Local Marine Advisory Committees.
Established in 1999, the Advisory Committees enable local communities to have effective input into managing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and provide a community forum for interest groups, government and the community to discuss issues around marine resources.
The purpose of the 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 (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 public 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 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.
During the LMAC term, the GBRMPA will facilitate and sponsor an LMAC Chairs Meeting to bring together representatives from each of the 12 LMACs. This meeting provides an opportunity to review the progress of LMAC work programs, and to discuss issues of concern as well as the current priorities for the community and the GBRMPA. Please find the latest LMAC Chair’s Meeting Communique here.
The 12 Local Marine Advisory Committees are:
- Cape York
- Cassowary Coast
- Capricorn Coast
How to become involved?
Participants at Local Marine Advisory Committee meetings include members, staff from the Authority and management partners, presenters and observers. Stakeholders interested in presenting to, or observing a Local Marine Advisory Committee Meeting meeting should contact the relevant Advisory Committee Chair (refer to Local Marine Advisory Committee webpages on this site for contact details).
Stakeholders who are interested in becoming a member, should contact the LMAC Coordinator (details below).
For further information please contact the LMAC Coordinator:
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
PO Box 1379
TOWNSVILLE QLD 4810
Ph: (07) 4750 0700
Fax: (07) 4772 6093
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