The opportunity for the public to comment on a proposal is an important part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's environmental assessment and consultative processes. Interested parties are invited to contact us for more information, or to make a written submission in relation to the proposal.
In accordance with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 2019, a person whose interests are affected by a decision to grant a permit may ask the Authority to reconsider the decision. A request for reconsideration must:
- be in writing; and
- set out the reasons why the Authority should reconsider the decision and why you are an affected person; and
- be given to the Authority within 21 days after the day notice of the decision is published on the Authority’s website.
|Museum of Underwater Art – Stages 2 and 3||The Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) applied to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for permission to install, operate and maintain underwater public artworks at Magnetic and Palm Islands as Stages 2 and 3 of the Museum of Underwater Art Project. The MOUA project combines underwater art, research and education proposed for the waters around Townsville, Queensland. Stages 2 and 3 of the MOUA is co-funded by the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, the Queensland Government, local government and local businesses.||Public Consultation has now closed. Submissions are being considered in the assessment of the application.|
|Draft Tourism Management Action Strategy|
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Department of Environment and Science’s Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service have jointly developed a draft Tourism Management Action Strategy to provide overarching guidance on how to manage tourism in the future. We now invite input from all interested parties.
|Public consultation has now closed. Submissions are being considered in finalising the Strategy.|
|John Brewer Reef Site Plan|
Site Plan finalised
|Draft Great Barrier Reef Interventions Policy|
The policy has been developed to guide all interventions in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park ensuring they are designed to build and support the resilience of the Reef system and to provide conservation benefits now and in the future. The Authority acknowledges that restoration efforts do not negate the need to address the serious threats from climate change to the Reef and must also be supported by continued, strong foundational management.
Public Consultation closed 5pm Friday 31 July 2020.
43 submissions were received and will be considered in finalising the draft policy.
|A holistic approach to active localised reef restoration using Mars Assisted Reef Restoration System (MARRS)||Reef Magic Cruises Pty Ltd have applied to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for permission for the installation, ongoing operation and maintenance of 500 MARRS Reef Stars. This is a collaborative research project to trial the stars as a coral stabilization and reef restoration technique to improve resilience of a coral reef following a major disturbance (e.g. cyclone). If successful, the intent is for the reef stars to remain within the Marine Parks.|
The proposed MARRS trials at Moore Reef has bee approved and is now granted under permit G20/42902.1
|Museum of Underwater Art Project Stage 1 – John Brewer Reef||The Museum of Underwater Art has applied to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for permission for the installation, ongoing operation and maintenance of underwater public artworks at John Brewer Reef as Stage 1 of the Museum of Underwater Art Project. The MOUA project combines underwater art, research and education proposed for the waters around Townsville, Queensland. Stage 1 of the MOUA is co-funded by the Queensland Government and local businesses.|
The proposed Museum of Underwater Art project at John Brewer Reef has been approved and is now granted under permit G19-42006.1.
|Whitsunday Reef Recovery and Public Art Project||Reef Ecologic Pty Ltd has applied to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for permission for the installation, ongoing operation and maintenance of six underwater artworks in the Bowen and Whitsundays area under the ‘Whitsunday Reef Recovery and Public Art Project’. The Whitsunday Reef Recovery and Public Art Project has been developed to support the socio-economic and ecological values of high value tourism destinations that were significantly impact by Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017. The Project is funded by the State and Federal Governments through the ‘Tourism Recovery Fund’ and is led by Reef Ecologic Pty Ltd in partnership with Tourism Whitsundays and Whitsunday Regional Council.||The proposed Whitsunday Reef Recovery and Public Art project has been approved and is now granted under permit G19-41557.1.|
|Proposed Nelly Bay Beach Trail Sand Bay Groyne||The Department of Transport and Main Roads applied to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for permission to construct as part of a research project a trial sand bag groyne on the Nelly Bay foreshore. The construction of the trail sand bag groyne is a component of an erosion mitigation strategy and once constructed the research project is proposed to assess the effectiveness of the groyne to prevent erosion under the bridge and prevent erosion further along the Nelly Bay foreshore.||
The proposed Nelly Bay groyne trial has been approved and is now granted under permit G19/41201.1.|
|Proposed maintenance dredging the Port of Hay Point|
North Queensland Bulk Ports has applied to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for a permission to undertake maintenance dredging and dredge material disposal for the Port of Hay Point, Mackay. The proposed works to be conducted within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park included maintenance dredging of the departure channel and disposal of all dredge material from the dredging activity. Maintenance dredging and bed levelling are also proposed within the apron, berth pockets of the port and Half Tide Tug Harbour which are located outside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
|Proposed barge ramp at Hamilton Island|
Hamilton Island Enterprises Limited has applied to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for permission for the construction, ongoing operation and maintenance of a concrete barge ramp adjacent to the airport runway on the west side of Hamilton Island. The proposed works will not require dredging or spoil disposal in the Marine Park. The Barge Ramp Project is funded by Hamilton Island Enterprises and is required to support the reconstruction work on Hamilton Island post Cyclone Debbie and reduce heavy vessel traffic within the Hamilton Island Marina.
|Jetty construction at Gribble Point, Yarrabah||The Department of Transport and Main Roads has applied to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for permission for the construction, ongoing operation and maintenance of a single piled concrete jetty adjacent to the boat ramp on the south side of Gribble Point, Yarrabah. The proposed works will not require dredging or spoil disposal in the Marine Park. The Yarrabah Jetty Project is a Queensland Government funded infrastructure initiative designed to stimulate economic activity (through cultural tourism, construction, operation) and provide increased opportunity for Yarrabah residents to access employment, education and other public services based in Cairns.||Permit granted|
|Draft Reef Intervention Policy Guidelines|
Draft Reef Intervention Policy Supporting Information
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is seeking comment on the draft guidelines that provide guidance when considering an application for permission to conduct intervention activities to improve resilience of coral reef habitats in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Applications will be assessed under Regulation 88Q of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983. The draft guidelines provide more clarity on how the Authority ensures these projects do not have an adverse impact on the biodiversity, heritage, social or economic values of the Marine Park.
Guidelines are finalised |
Permit applications for restorations for restoration/adaption projects to improve resilience of habitats in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
|Upgrade to boating facilities at Clump Point, Mission Beach|
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority re-issued this permit on 5 July 2018 due to a small administrative error. The new cut off for requesting reconsideration is now 26 July 2018 (within 21 days of publishing on website).
The Department of Transport and Main Roads has applied to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for permission to undertake works to upgrade the boating facilities at Mission Beach, Clump Point. The proposed works include an additional boat ramp lane, additional floating walkway, upgrading existing breakwater, upgrading existing carpark and turning area, installation of a new detached breakwater that provides sheltered waters to; a jetty, two berthing pontoons, 5-6 pen berths and 5-6 swing moorings.
|Whitsunday Plan of Management|
The Whitsundays Plan of Management (the Plan) outlines the activities that can occur in the region, while protecting the spectacular environment. The Plan is currently being reviewed. The public consultation period has now closed.
|After considering public comments, the amending instruments were finalised and provided to the Marine Park Authority Board and Federal Executive Council for approval. The updated Whitsunday Plan of Management is now in effect.|
|Queensland Shark Control Program|
The Queensland Shark Control Program permit was re-issued on 10 July 2018 to accommodate changes requested by the applicant. The applicant removed seven (7) shark species from the target shark species list at Schedule 3.
The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries applied to continue operating its shark control program in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park waters.
The activities involve a program to take animals that pose a threat to human life or safety using baited drumlines in the Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Capricorn Coast and Gladstone areas and a research program in those same areas.
The Queensland Shark Control Program permit was re-issued on 27 September 2019 to reflect amendments imposed by a decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on 2 April 2019.
An appeal by the State of Queensland against this decision was dismissed by the Federal Court of Australia on 18 September 2019, and as a result the variation to the permit immediately came into effect.
The purpose of the draft Woodwark Bay South Location site plan is to establish an area suitable for private moorings that minimises impacts on the values of the area and supports sustainable opportunities for users. It will provide guidance when considering an application for permission to install the private moorings within the Woodwark Bay South Location.
Site plan finalised
|Reef 2050 Plan draft policies||The draft Cumulative Impact Management Policy and the draft Net Benefit Policy complement each other by providing guidance on how to reduce threats and improve the Reef’s resilience in the context of continuing climate change pressures. These policies set out principles and steps to guide their practical application.|