Supporting Local Communities

As a marine tourism operator you’re in a perfect position to help build your local communities, including Indigenous communities, and ultimately generate more local involvement in and commitment to the Marine Park and its tourism industry.

Your support may take a variety of forms whether it be hiring local staff, buying commodities from local suppliers, using local services and facilities, supporting regional schools or becoming involved in local initiatives. It may also be promoting the Reef’s rich cultural heritage and supporting the local Indigenous communities who have a very strong traditional and spiritual connection to the area.

Supporting local communities may involve a few simple actions but could have exciting and far-reaching effects.

Responsible Reef Practices

In general

  • Use local products (for example, food), services (for example, maintenance and cleaning) and facilities (for example, workshops and slipways).
  • Hire your staff locally, including from Indigenous communities.
  • Ensure that scarce community resources (for example, water) are used sparingly.

In your community

  • Be a champion of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Be proactive in reporting incidents such as pollution and suspected illegal activity.
  • Provide information sessions to the community (for example, school talks) and take up ideas and products generated in your community (for example school posters and calico bags).
  • Contribute to local community organisations and become involved with Reef Guardian Schools and the Reef Guardian Council in your community.
  • Offer discounted trips to community groups (such as schools, dive clubs, special interest groups, and charities).
  • Become involved in reef-related community issues (for example, Local Marine Advisory Committee meetings, industry workshops, monitoring programs and policy reviews).
  • Become involved in reef-related media programs (for example community radio, newspapers and travel programs).

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