Nominations now open Hinchinbrook local marine advisory committee

Published: 16/05/2012

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

The Hinchinbrook 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."

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.

The current Hinchinbrook LMAC Chair Geoff Gianotti said meetings were a great opportunity to meet and share information with both management agencies and different stakeholder groups.

"LMACs provide an invaluable connection between community, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and other local groups," he said.

"We all come together in an information sharing and gathering forum and everyone participates in decision making processes."

Over the last three years the LMAC have focussed on providing advice to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, reviewing the local effects of extreme weather, producing the Marine Wonders of Hinchinbrook brochure, and supporting local Reef Guardian Schools.

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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