The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is pleased to announce the appointment of 12 community representatives to head up its Local Marine Advisory Committees for the next three years.
The 12 voluntary committees are valuable two-way conduits between the Marine Park Authority and the catchment communities they represent, which are located between Bundaberg in the south and Cape York in the north.
Marine Park Authority Chairman Dr Russell Reichelt said the 12 committees provided valuable feedback to marine managers on reef management policies and marine resources.
“Queensland coastal communities are crucial to the future of the Great Barrier Reef — they’re right alongside this World Heritage Area and are very interested in the Reef’s long term-health,” Dr Reichelt said.
“It’s fantastic to have such enthusiastic, skilled people from a range of backgrounds become involved in Reef management.
“We look forward to working with the Chairs and their committees over the next three years to achieve exciting outcomes for the Reef and its communities.”
Showing the commitment to protecting the Reef has never been stronger, a record number of membership nominations were received for the 12 committees through a merit-based application process.
The chairs were elected by their committee peers and come from a diverse range of backgrounds in marine and environmental science, local councils, fishing, economic development and farming.
The committees meet up to five times a year and exchange information and raise awareness of local activities, conservation, environment, public information and education concerning the local catchment, marine, and coastal regions that may have an impact on the Reef.
The committees were established in 1999 and operate on a three-year term.
More information about the Local Marine Advisory Committees is available on our website.
The 12 Chairs are:
|Burnett||Sue Sargent||Marine science|
|Bowen Burdekin||Anne Smith||Economic development and photography|
|Cairns||Ryan Donnelly||Economic development and photography|
|Cape York||Jessie Price-Decle|
|Capricorn Coast||Bret Heath||University lecturing|
|Cassowary Coast||Jeff Baines||Local council|
|Douglas||Josh Gibson||Marine biology and environmental management|
|Gladstone||Karl French||Marine research|
Extension agronomy and sportfishing
Local council wetlands ecology
|Whitsundays||Olivia Brodhurst||Natural resource management and conservation|