Nominations now open for Gladstone local marine advisory committee

Published: 16/05/2012

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

The Gladstone 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 Gladstone LMAC Chair Errol 'Blue' Thompson said meetings were a great opportunity to meet and share information with both management agencies and different stakeholder groups.

"The committee gets involved in community events like Ecofest and the Boyne Tannum Hook up and we provide angler bins at boat ramps to stop fishing line tapping wildlife."

Over the last three years the LMAC educated the community on marine debris and how to keep the waterways clean and cleaned up the Wappentake Creek wetland area as part of their Adopt-a-Wetland project

"I strongly encourage community members interested in the reef and coastal catchments to consider joining the LMAC," Mr Thompson 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 Cairns regional office on (07) 4057 0710. Nominations close on Monday 21 May.

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