Board Report - Meeting 264

Board Report – Meeting 264

1 – 2 December 2020 – Canberra

Overview

The Board of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (the Authority) held its 264th Board meeting in Canberra on 1-2 December 2020. As part of the 264th meeting of the Authority Board, members participated in a Scenario Planning Workshop to explore possible future scenarios facing the Authority over the next decade and how the Authority should plan for these.  The Board also welcomed the opportunity to meet with the Minister for the Environment, The Hon. Sussan Ley MP.

Reef Advisory Committees

Decision MPA 264 (2020-264-03i on 02/12/2020): The Authority:

  • NOTED the following update on Reef Advisory Committees.
  • DISCUSSED the Tourism Reef Advisory Committee Communique at Attachment A and provide advice, through the Secretariat, to the TRAC if required.
  • APPROVED the Tourism Reef Advisory Committee Communique is published on the Great Barrier Reef Maine Park Authority’s website.
  • CONFIRMED there is no objection to publication of the decision.

Draft Great Barrier Reef Intervention Policy

Decision MPA 264 (2020-264-05 on 02/12/2020): The Authority:

  • APPROVED the revised Great Barrier Reef Intervention Policy (Attachment A), subject to the minor amendments above.
  • CONFIRMED there is no objection to publication of the decision

Draft Tourism Management Action strategy for public consultation

Decision MPA 264 (2020-264-06 on 02/12/2020): The Authority:

  • DISCUSSED the draft Tourism Management Action Strategy, in particular the vision, outcomes, objectives and associated actions.
  • APPROVED the Chief Executive Officer to finalise the draft Tourism Management Action Strategy for public consultation.
  • NOTED public consultation will commence in early 2021
  • CONFIRMED there is no objection to publication of the decision.

Portfolio Budget Statement

Decision MPA 264 (2020-264-08 on 02/12/2020): The Authority:

  • DISCUSSED the Strategic Direction statement in the current Portfolio Budget Statement (PBS; Attachment A), providing recommended changes for the 2021-22 statement.
  • NOTED the timeline for the completion of the 2021-22 PBS
  • CONFIRMED there is no objection to publication of the information.

Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement Program update

Decision MPA 264 (2020-264-09 on 02/12/2020): The Authority:

  • NOTED the current status of the TUMRA program and the factors that influence its expansion.
  • NOTED the program focus is on negotiating and accrediting four TUMRAs (with existing TUMRA groups) and expanding the program through negotiating TUMRAs with one or two new groups.
  • NOTED that the implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Strategy; co-management options paper project, and proposed Indigenous Partnerships Strategy is aligned with and builds on the foundation of the TUMRA program.
  • CONFIRMED there is no objection to publication of the information.

Members of the Authority