Contingency arrangements for tourism operations after a severe environmental incident

Environmental incidents, such as cyclones and oil spills, can severely degrade the quality of a tourism site.

Presentation of a damaged site can also impact the reputation of the Great Barrier Reef and the marine tourism industry.

Being prepared to respond to an environmental incident in an effective and coordinated fashion is crucial for both the marine tourism industry and Reef managers.

We have adopted the Marine Tourism Contingency Plan to provide business-focused arrangements for tourism operations impacted by a severe environmental incident.

The plan clarifies the response options available, including:

  • immediate responses — supporting actions that individual operators can commence immediately within their current permit conditions and management arrangements or can easily be implemented through modification to an existing permission.
  • recovery responses — focusing on short to medium-term actions which individual operators can take by applying for additional permits under the plan.
  • adaptation responses — supporting long-term actions where the nature of the incident does not allow for short or medium-term recovery or where the number of operators impacted does not allow case-by-case assessment.

The plan also clarifies the options available to permittees of tourism programs in the Cairns, Hinchinbrook and Whitsunday planning areas.

Email your completed application form to or contact us on (07) 4750 0700.

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