Board Report - Meeting 253

Board Report – Meeting 253

22 March 2019 – Townsville

Overview

The Marine Park Authority Board (MPA) convened on Friday, 22 March 2019. Members participated in their first Strategic planning workshop under the new governance arrangements where existing and recently appointed members were given the opportunity discuss key areas to support strategic planning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (Authority). Members also discussed the Policy and Planning Roadmap for the Authority, Board Governance and the progress of implementing the recommendations from the Craik Governance Review, discussed the Outlook Report and how the Authority addressed Board members’ comments to ensure that the methodology for assessing condition and grading systems was clear and evidence based and discussions was had in respect of the proposed ongoing engagement of Reef Advisory Committees,

Policy and Planning Roadmap

Decision MPA 253 (2019-253-02 on 22/03/2019): The Authority:

  • ENDORSED the overall approach for progressing the Policy and Planning roadmap.
  • PROVIDED feedback to the authors that:
    1. The right strategic priorities have been identified;
    2. The strategic direction requires more work over time to provide clarity; and
    3. The relative priority of this work in relation to other areas of in-park policy and planning should be considered in the context of ensuring that the focus is on early wins to provide the best outcomes for stakeholders and the Reef.
  • CONFIRMED there is no objection to publication of the information.

Portfolio Budget Statement

Decision MPA 253 (2019-253-05 on 22/03/2019): The Authority:

  • NOTED as a result of the early budget (April), the Department of the Environment and Energy’s (DoEE) call for Portfolio Budget Statement (PBS) had a submission date of 26 February, which fell outside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Board (MPA Board) strategic workshop timeline.
  • NOTED that the CEO as the Accountable Authority under the PGPA Act approved the PBS.
  • NOTED that for future years the MPA strategic workshop will be scheduled to inform the development of the Portfolio Budget Statement prior to its submission.
  • CONFIRMED there is no objection to publication of the information.

Board Governance Review

Decision MPA 253 (2019-253-06 on 22/03/2019): The Authority:

  • NOTED the progress of implementation of recommendations from the Craik Governance review (Attachment A).
  • NOTED the recommendations of the independent probity review of the Marine Park Authority Board included in the report at Attachment B.
  • DISCUSSED the draft Board Charter and Conflict of Interest policy.
  • APPROVED the Conflict of Interest Policy
  • AGREED to review the draft Board Charter and out of session prior to the next Board Meeting for finalisation by the Chairperson.
  • CONFIRMED there is no objection to publication of the information.

Outlook Report

Decision MPA 253 (2019-253-07 on 22/03/2019): The Authority:

  • NOTED the full draft of the Outlook Report submitted to Board members out of session on 1 February 2019.
  • NOTED the subsequent consideration of Board members’ feedback.
  • NOTES the draft Outlook Report (with incorporated Board member comments) was provided to four independent peer reviewers on 4 March 2019.
  • NOTES that the draft will be provided to the Board members prior to MPA 254 for feedback and that the approval of the Board will be subsequently requested out of session by the 19th of June.
  • CONFIRMS there is no objection to publication of the information.

Reef Advisory Committees

Decision MPA 253 (2019-253-08 on 22/03/2019): The Authority:

  • APPROVES the engagement of an Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee and a Tourism Reef Advisory Committee for a three-year term, commencing 1 July 2019, and concluding 30 June 2022.
  • APPROVES an amended Charter of Operation that include the Terms of Reference for both the Indigenous and Tourism Reef Advisory Committees, subject to further engagement and finalisation by the Chief Executive Officer.
  • APPROVES the Chief Executive Officer approving minor and/or formatting changes to the Charter of Operation and Terms of Reference for the committees.
  • NOTES the end of term Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee report.
  • CONFIRMS there is no objection to publication of the information.

Members of the Authority