Nominations now open for Local Marine Advisory Committees

Published: 16/02/2015

Residents along the Great Barrier Reef catchment with an interest in the Reef are invited to nominate to become part of their regional Local Marine Advisory Committee (LMAC).

Established in 1999, the LMACs enable local communities to give valuable input into managing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and provide a community forum for interest groups, government and the community to discuss issues around marine resources.

The 12 regional LMACs calling for committee nominations are:

• Cape York
• Douglas
• Cairns
• Cassowary Coast
• Hinchinbrook
• Townsville
• Bowen-Burdekin
• Whitsunday
• Mackay
• Capricorn Coast
• Gladstone
• Burnett

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) Chairman Russell Reichelt said through the LMACs, GBRMPA has an opportunity to hear about local issues first hand from local community members.

"We want to hear a diversity of views, and for that reason I strongly encourage community members interested in the reef and coastal catchments to nominate," he said.

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 LMACs meet five times a year over the three-year term, providing a great opportunity to learn from different stakeholders and raise issues with reef managers.

Each LMAC also decides on which local projects they will support throughout the three-year term. In the past this has included beach clean-ups, community forums, school events, Reef awareness activities and more.

Further details and nomination forms are available on the GBRMPA website or by emailing Nominations close 20 March 2015.

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