Board Report - Meeting 246A

14 July 2017 – Out-of-session

Overview

The Marine Park Authority Board (MPA) considered out-of-session the final amendments to the Whitsundays Plan of Management and Regulations.  

Whitsundays Plan of Management Amendments

Decision MPA 2017-246A-01 (14/07/2017): The Authority

  • NOTED that the proposed amendments to the Whitsundays Plan of Management 1998 (the Plan) were released for public comment in accordance with sub-section 39ZE(1) and section 39ZG of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 (the Act), on 6 March 2017.
  • APPROVED, in accordance with sub-section 39ZE(3) and section 39ZG of the Act, after taking into account the comments received in accordance with sub-section 39ZE(1) and section 39ZG of the Act, that the amendment of the Plan should be altered.
  • APPROVED the Explanatory Statement for the amendment of the Plan.
  • APPROVED that the Federal Executive Council Minute Paper (including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment (Whitsundays Plan of Management) Regulations 2017 and Explanatory Memorandum), and the Explanatory Statement to the Amendment Regulations, should be recommended to the Minister for approval.
  • APPROVED, in accordance with sub-section 39ZE(4) and section 39ZG of the Act, to cause public notice to be given as soon as practicable to advise of alteration to the amendment of the Plan.  
  • APPROVED that any final technical changes needed and/or that are minor in nature should be made pursuant to the Recommendation below.
  • NOTED that pursuant to the instrument of delegation, the Chairman will approve any final technical changes needed that are minor in nature, and will sign the Instrument, to implement the decisions of the Authority pursuant to the recommendations above.  
Members of the Authority
  • Dr Russell Reichelt FTSE [Chairman]
  • Ms Melissa George
  • Professor Emma Johnston
  • Mrs Margie McKenzie
  • Mr Dave Stewart