Nominations now open for Burnett local marine advisory committee
Residents with an interest in the Great Barrier Reef are invited to nominate for the Burnett Local Marine Advisory Committee (LMAC).
The Burnett LMAC is one of 12 regional committees established from Bundaberg to Cape York that provide advice to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA).
GBRMPA Chairman 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."
Recreational, charter and commercial fishing representatives are sought, as well as farmers, tourism operators, Traditional Owners, conservationists and other stakeholders with an interest in the Reef.
The current Burnett LMAC Chair Sue Sargent said the current committee reflected the Bundaberg community and they looked forward to attracting new members.
"We meet five times a year and the meetings are a great opportunity to learn from different stakeholders and raise issues with reef managers," Ms Sargent said.
The committee has been involved in a number of projects during the last three years.
"We have sponsored Reef Guardian schools in projects to help safeguard the Reef and arranged a public viewing of the documentary The End of the Line which provided an overview of sustainable fishing methods," she said.
"I strongly encourage community members interested in the reef and coastal catchments to consider joining the LMAC."
The committee has also put together promotional materials for use at community events and meetings.
The 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 www.gbrmpa.gov.au, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning the Cairns regional office on (07) 4057 0710. Nominations close on Monday 21 May.
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