Bowen - Burdekin LMAC
The Bowen-Burdekin Local Marine Advisory Committee covers the coastal and inland area extending from Haughton River in the north to Yeates Creek in the south and includes Giru, Ayr and Bowen communities.
The Bowen-Burdekin Local Marine Advisory Committee is a new Advisory Committee. Meetings and activities will occur during the 2012-2015 term.
The Bowen-Burdekin region is diverse and its prosperous economy is based on agriculture, fishing, tourism, and mining.
The Burdekin region is labelled the sugar capital of Australia. Local farms are drought-proof because of the Burdekin River, the reserves of the Burdekin Falls Dam and an underground aquifer which lies just 10 metres below the surface.
Just north of Bowen is the Abbot Point coal loading port. Coal is mined inland of Bowen in the Bowen Basin and is brought by rail to a deepwater pier to be loaded on bulk carriers.
The Bowen-Burdekin region is a mecca for fishing and is well-known for its barramundi, mudcrabs, other estuary species and off-coast reef fishing. The region has one of the highest rates of boat ownership per head of population.
- Produced a local guide for the Bowen-Burdekin region: "How to enjoy this beautiful region while respecting the environment"
- Support to local Airville State School and Gumlu State School with $750 in vouchers for each schools respective environmental projects.
- Sought feedback through a community survey on a proposal to install markers in Horseshoe Bay to protect its unique fringing reefs. The markers, or buoys, would not impose any fishing restrictions but provide guides to the reef's location to encourage boaters not to anchor in sensitive spots.
- Invited Marine Park staff to inspect Horseshoe Bay's fringing reef after concerns about coral recovery following Cyclone Yasi.
Reef Guardian Gumlu State School has received a helping hand from the Bowen-Burdekin LMAC for projects to help their local environment.
For further information on the Bowen-Burdekin LMAC please contact:Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
PO Box 1379
TOWNSVILLE QLD 4810
Tel:(07) 4750 0700
Fax:(07) 4772 6093
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