Nominations now open for Cape York local marine advisory committee

Published: 16/05/2012

Cape York residents with an interest in the Great Barrier Reef are invited to nominate for the Cape York Local Marine Advisory Committee (LMAC).

The Cape York LMAC is one of 12 regional committees 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."

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

The current Cape York LMAC Chair Russell Bowman said meetings were a great opportunity to meet and share information with both management agencies and different stakeholder groups.

"The diversity of our membership is a real strength. Our Indigenous and commercial fisher representatives bring added balance which helps in understanding issues affecting communities and industry."

Over the last three years, the LMAC had a strong focus on marine debris clean-up campaigns. Members either organised or participated in beach clean-ups along the east coast of Cape York from Cooktown to as far north as the Lockhart River area.

"I strongly encourage community members interested in the Reef and coastal catchments to consider joining the LMAC," Mr Bowman said.

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 Cape York regional office on (07) 4057 0706. Nominations close on Monday 21 May.

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