Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee

The Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee provides advice to the Marine Park Authority Board (the Board) through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (the Authority) on the management of the Great Barrier Reef (Marine Park).

Appointments to the Indigenous Reef Advisory Committees is competency-based, and members are appointed taking into consideration their experience, knowledge, skills, relationships and networks with Reef Traditional Owners or relevant groups or sectors.  All Committee members are expected to adopt a broad perspective on Committee business that is raised.

Purpose

The Committees’ purpose is to provide objective advice, insights and recommendations on:

  • matters relating to Marine Park management and the implementation of actions by the Authority to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples keep their heritage strong, safe and healthy, and contribute towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aspirations for sea country and heritage management into the future.
  • ways to facilitate partnerships, enhance engagement with a range of sectors (for example, tourism, natural resource organisations, fisheries) and build capacity and engage with Traditional Owners in management of marine resources in the Great Barrier Reef.
  • ways to strengthen communications between local communities, managers and reef stakeholders and build better understanding of Traditional Owner issues about management of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • the application of world's best practice principles for sea country planning and implementation and
  • the delivery and the expansion of the Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA) program across the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

The Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee is not a decision-making body. Advice and recommendations provided to the Board are non-binding.

Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee Charter of Operation

Terms of Reference

The Committees’ purpose is to provide objective advice, insights and recommendations on:

  • Matters relating to Marine Park management and the implementation of actions by the Authority to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples keep their heritage strong, safe and healthy, and contribute towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aspirations for sea country and heritage management into the future.
  • Ways to facilitate partnerships, enhance engagement with a range of sectors (for example, tourism, natural resource organisations, fisheries) and build capacity and engage with Traditional Owners in management of marine resources in the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Ways to strengthen communications between local communities, managers and reef stakeholders and build better understanding of Traditional Owner issues about management of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • The application of world's best practice principles to sea country planning and implementation.
  • The delivery and the expansion of the Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA) program across the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
Member 

Mr Malcolm Mann (Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee Chairperson)

Darumbal Traditional Owner – Southern extent of Broadsound, Shoalwater Bay, Byfield, Corio Bay, waters that surround Woppaburra country, the Fitzroy River/Raglan Creek to northern boundary of the Port Curtis Coral Coast TUMRA Region.

Business Development Manager Darumbal Enterprises Ltd

Dr Kerry Blackman

Gurang and Gooreng Gooreng Traditional Owner – Gladstone/Bundaberg region.

Managing Director Gidarjil Development Corporation

Mr Troy Johnson

Wulgurukaba – Townsville and Whitsunday region, Gugu-Badhun valley of lagoons, Burdekin River Catchment.

Ranger, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Great Barrier Reef Marine Parks Region

Mr Frank Loban

Western Torres Strait Islander Traditional Owner – Badu, Moa, Besi and Boigu region.

PhD Student College of Science and Engineering James Cook University and Member Raine Island Recovery Project Scientific Advisory Group

Mr Bob Muir

Woppaburra Traditional Owner Elder – Keppel Islands region.

Chairperson Woppaburra TUMRA Steering Committee

Mr Keron Murray

Wuthathi Traditional Owner – Cape Grenville region.

Chairperson, Wuthathi Aboriginal Corporation and Member Raine Island Recovery Project Working Group

Ms Carol Prior

Juru Traditional Owner – Home Hill/Bowen region.

Chairperson Kyburra Munda Yalga Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC

Ms Karell Ross

Olkola Traditional Owner – Central Cape York Peninsula.

QLD Government Cape York Peninsula Tenure Resolution Program

Ms. Christabel Warren

Wuthathi Traditional Owner.

Indigenous Tourism Operations – Far Northern Management area.