Relocating an operation after a severe environmental incident
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) recognises that environmental incidents, such as cyclones and oil spills, may severely degrade the quality of a tourism site and that presentation of that site may damage the reputation of the Great Barrier Reef and the marine tourism industry.
The GBRMPA understands the economic hardship that may result from such an incident and has adopted the Marine Tourism Contingency Plan to allow temporary relocations for affected tourism operations as rapidly as possible. This plan is particularly important for the Cairns, Whitsundays and Hinchinbrook areas where the number and locations of tourism operations and structures are closely managed through Plans of Management.
The approach allows temporary relocations so operations can continue in the short term while longer term solutions are established. Relocations under this plan are intended to be granted for a maximum period of up to 12 months.
If you need to apply for relocation there are a number of steps that you can take that will help the process run smoothly. Download the temporary relocation application form below and contact the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on 1800 990 177.
Temporary relocation application form [PDF 623.21KB]
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