The Douglas Local Marine Advisory Committee (LMAC) covers Bloomfield River in the north to Buchan Point in the south and includes the towns of Daintree Village, Mossman and Port Douglas.

Regional focus

Gold fever first brought European settlers to the Douglas region in 1876, when a port was established to service inland goldfields. Port Douglas was eventually eclipsed by the port of Cairns about 70km south, but the Douglas region continued to grow. The coastal lowlands were cleared for sugar cane, and the regional centre of Mossman was established. It still retains its rural charm and a working sugar mill.

Tourism is now the largest industry in the region, mainly due to proximity of the World Heritage listed Daintree rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Once again, Port Douglas has a busy marina with many tourist boats departing for the Great Barrier Reef.  It is also the closest departure point for a visit to Low Isles.

Local Marine Advisory Committee members

NamePosition
Josh GibsonChair
Vanessa Drysdale 
Robert Hannan  
Evelyn Matthews 
Bruce McDonald 
Dean Miller 
Jason Mills 
Gerard Puglisi 
John Rumney 
Ian Waldren 

Past communique's

A communique is prepared after each scheduled official meeting of the twelve Local Marine Advisory Committees (LMACs) to inform relevant stakeholders, including the public, of the business of the LMAC. The document forms part of the records of the meeting and its content is limited to matters raised in the meeting. For inquiries please email the relevant Local Marine Advisory Committee.

More information

For further information please contact: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Far Northern Regional Office
PO Box 6091
CAIRNS QLD 4870
Tel: (07) 4057 0700
Email: far.northern.region@gbrmpa.gov.au