Nominations now open for Mackay local marine advisory committee

Published: 16/05/2012

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

The Mackay 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."

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.

A long standing member of the Mackay LMAC Fay Griffin said meetings were a great opportunity to meet and share information with both management agencies and different stakeholder groups.

"We share a surprising amount of common ground, which probably comes back to the fact that everyone around the table wants to see the Reef in good shape."

Over the last three years, the LMAC had focused on supporting the Reef Guardian schools in the region, community events and forums.

The committee also produced a local fishing and boating brochure for visitors.

"I strongly encourage community members interested in the reef and coastal catchments to consider joining the LMAC," Ms Griffin 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 Mackay regional office on (07) 4951 3434. Nominations close on Monday 21 May.

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