The Burnett Local Marine Advisory Committee (LMAC) extends from the Burnett and Bundaberg regions, and the coastal and inland area extending from Rocky Point in the north to Burrum Heads in the south.

Regional focus

The Burnett area is also known as the Coral Coast, and is a popular tourist destination due to its close proximity to Fraser Island and Hervey Bay. The largest centre is the city of Bundaberg, which is the most southerly access point to the Great Barrier Reef. The city lies on the Burnett River.

The area is an important sanctuary for humpback whales on their northern winter migration to breed. The coastline hosts a number of significant sea turtle breeding and nesting grounds.

The main industries in the region comprise facets of the sugar industry including distilling and cane harvester manufacturing, as well as horticulture of small and tree crops such as macadamias, forestry, grazing, fishing and marine, light aircraft manufacturing, metal casting, machining and tourism.

Local Marine Advisory Committee recent activities

  • Changing Plastic Bag Behaviour to Save Turtles – pull up banners and brochures demonstrating how people can make a difference just by swapping to reusable bags.
  • Mon Repos Junior Rangers - Purchase of shirts and backpacks for the Junior Rangers who undertake turtle monitoring at Mon Repos.
  • Promotional video - Developing and producing a video that promotes the Junior Turtle Rangers and the work of the Burnett Local Marine Advisory Committee.
  • Fish Tags - Purchase of fish tags to allow the Bundaberg Sports Fishing Club to continue their tag and release project.
  • Attendance at Ocean Fest 2018, Reef Together and Australian Turtle Symposium.

Local Marine Advisory Committee members

Sue SargentChair
Jim BuckSecretary
Gary Brandon  
Peter Brockhurst 
Dean Collins 
Brett Gamlin 
Don Gilson 
Bree Grima 
Kristan Hall 
Dale Holliss 
Natalie Lobartolo 
Brent McLellan 
Mark Mergard 
Mike Middleton 
Mike Moller 
Graham Smith 
Judith Stutchbury 

More information

For further information please contact:Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Southern Regional Office
PO Box 301
Tel: (07) 4848 7878