Local Management Advisory Committees ready for reef management challenge

Published: 13/08/2015

Great Barrier Reef Local Marine Advisory Committee (LMAC) members began their new three year term this month and have now held their first formal meetings to discuss local reef management issues and to provide  advice to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.  

Originally established in 1999, the LMACs enable local communities to have input into managing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. They provide a forum for interest groups, government and the community from Cape York to Bundaberg to discuss issues around marine resources. 

Committee members come from a diverse range of backgrounds and represent a broad range of interests including tourism, farming, ports, commercial and recreational fishing and Traditional Owners.

Committees operate in the Cape York, Douglas, Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Hinchinbrook, Townsville, Bowen Burdekin, Whitsundays, Mackay, Capricorn Coast, Gladstone and Burnett regions. 

During their three-year term, the LMACs will meet five times a year to discuss local issues affecting the health of local catchments and the longer-term management and protection of the Marine Park.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) Chairman Dr Russell Reichelt said ongoing engagement with stakeholders and local communities was an essential part of managing the Marine Park.

“One of the key roles of the committees is to provide a forum for local communities to raise issues and have input into management arrangements relating to the Marine Park,” Dr Reichelt said.

“By focusing on local priorities, LMACs allow us to tailor our management strategies to reflect local conditions, ensuring the best possible outcome for the long term health and protection of the Reef.”

In the past, LMACs have supported a range of community based projects in their regions, including coastal clean-ups, tree plantings, water quality monitoring and helped fund local environmental stewardship publications and events. 

For more information visit http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/our-partners/local-marine-advisory-committees

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