New local marine advisory committee for Bowen- Burdekin area

Published: 16/05/2012

Residents with an interest in the Great Barrier Reef are invited to nominate for the new Bowen-Burdekin Local Marine Advisory Committee (LMAC).

The Bowen-Burdekin LMAC is a new committee, one of 12 regional committees established from Bundaberg to Cape York that provide advice to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). The new LMAC will commence meetings during the 2012-2015 LMAC Term.

GBRMPA Chairman Dr Russell Reichelt said the committees played a vital role in reef management.

"The Reef faces plenty of challenges into the future, and they are challenges that we can't deal with alone," he said.

"We need help from our communities, and the LMACs provide that connection.

"The LMACs provide advice to us when we develop management proposals, and give us an opportunity to hear about local issues, first hand from committee members.

"We want to hear a diversity of views, and for that reason we encourage a wide range of members with strong community networks."

Traditional Owners, recreational and commercial fishing representatives are sought, as well as farmers, tourism operators, conservationists and other stakeholders with an interest in the Reef.

"I strongly encourage community members interested in the reef and coastal catchments to consider nominating for the LMAC."

The LMAC committees have a three year term during which they meet five times a year.

Further details and nomination forms are available on the GBRMPA website, by emailing or by phoning the GBRMPA Townsville office on (07) 4750 0895. Nominations close on Monday 21 May.

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