The Reef community

The Great Barrier Reef is important to many coastal communities that depend on the reef for recreation and their livelihoods.The Great Barrier Reef also supports a range of industries and creates jobs for Queenslanders.

The Marine Park is visited and used by residents living within the Great Barrier Reef catchment every year, in addition to other visitors, for recreation purposes.

Communities contribute to reef protection and management in a number of ways, including:

Sharing Reef stories

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority undertook a strategic assessment in conjunction with the Queensland Government to identify the biodiversity, heritage and community values of the Reef, the threats to those values and what we need to do to address them. As part of this process, we spoke with key stakeholders to get their feedback and input.


Community interviews

Listen to some reef stakeholders share their views on why the Reef is special, what the threats are, and what we can do to protect it. Share your reef story by posting to our Facebook page.

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Barry Holden

CEO Port of Townsville Ltd

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Margaret Stevenson

Commercial Fishing

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Sue Sargent

Marine Biologist

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Cheryl Grant

Traditional Owner

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Phil Wallis

Traditional Owner

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Joanne Schmider

Traditional Owner

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Russel Bowman

Cooktown Fishing Representative

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Tony Fontes

Dive Instructor