Please select your home edition
Edition
Predictwind - Iridium

Coastal council meets to help protect the Great Barrier Reef

by GBRMPA on 31 Mar 2011
The GBR stretches over 1500km along the Queensland coast. Photo courtesy of The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Reef Guardian Council.

Both mayors and senior staff from councils along the Great Barrier Reef coastline will meet in Cairns over the next two days to help shape the direction of the GBRMPA's Reef Guardian Council program.


The Reef Guardian Council Steering Committee meeting is being hosted by the Cairns Regional Council and will cover a range of topics including coastal ecosystems and their value to the communities and broader environment.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) Chairman Dr Russell Reichelt said the high level group provides valuable input and advice regarding the roles that councils can play in ensuring the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

'The 2009 Outlook Report identified that the reef was at a crossroads and predictions of the impacts of a changing climate dominate most aspects of the reef's outlook over the next few decades,' Dr Reichelt said.

'The Reef plays a major role in the lifestyles and livelihoods of many Queenslanders and our Reef Guardian Councils clearly recognise the importance of keeping it.

'The recent extreme weather events impacting on the Queensland coastline makes it all the more important to continue to work with councils and to recognize and promote the variety of environment actions and activities that councils are undertaking to help build a better future for the Reef.'

Cairns Regional Council is a proud participant of the Reef Guardian Council program and pleased to have the opportunity to host the Steering Committee's visit. Cairns Regional Council will conduct site visits to Cattana Wetlands and the Northern Waste Water Treatment Plant and provide presentations on the Natural Assessment Management System project, plus Council's Sustainability Scorecard.

These four projects demonstrate Council's commitment to improving the sustainability of the region by restoring the natural environment, creating animal habitat, using recycled materials, installing renewable energy systems and improving water quality from waste water treatment to the Great Barrier Reef. The sustainability Scorecard project presentation will show all Council reports and projects are now assessed using a Sustainability Assessment tool, which is the first of its kind for Australian local governments.

Partnerships with organizations such as GBRMPA are crucial for local governments to take innovative steps to plan for the future.

'Cairns Regional Council has made a commitment to be Australia's greenest council and that starts with recognizing the value of our natural assets, including the Great Barrier Reef,' Cairns Mayor Val Shier said.

'What we do on land affects the oceans and ensuring the Reef's health and protection is a priority for council and the community.'

The Reef Guardian Council initiative seeks to recognize and promote the important role of local government in helping to protect and conserve the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park for future generations. It aims to achieve this by recognizing the valuable work local government has been undertaking towards environmentally sustainable practices with a view to encouraging identification of future opportunities and actions that will help in protecting the Great Barrier Reef.

There are currently 13 councils along the Great Barrier Reef coastline officially signed up to the program, covering all coastal councils from Bundaberg to Cooktown and equates to 317 271 km2 and a combined population of greater than 890 000. website
Wildwind 2016 660x82Barz Optics - FloatersProtector - 660 x 82

Related Articles

New Xperformance - Optimising the cruiser/racer range from X-Yachts
X-Yachts have built a wide range of 'Cruiser/Racers' as well as dedicated racing yachts which have won many Intl titles Since the company was founded back in 1979, X-Yachts have built a wide range of 'Cruiser/Racers' as well as dedicated racing yachts which have won many famous International titles, and of course One Design Class yachts such as X-79 and X-99
Posted on 14 Feb
World Sailing unites Kiteboarding governing bodies
World Sailing has today signed a landmark agreement with the IKA and the GKA to unite the kiteboarding community World Sailing has today signed a landmark agreement with the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) to unite the kiteboarding community and provide clarity of kiteboarding's governance structure.
Posted on 13 Feb
Frigid flying – Coast Guard aircrews take on New England Winter
Freezing rain? Teeth-chattering temperatures? Limited visibility? Coast Guard aircrews are still ready to fly. Freezing rain? Teeth-chattering temperatures? Limited visibility? Coast Guard aircrews are still ready to fly. At Air Station Cape Cod, aviation maintenance and electronic technicians work around the clock to ensure the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters are prepared and ready to launch. There is one thing the maintenance crews and pilots cannot control: winter weather.
Posted on 9 Feb
On board interview with Lisa Blair - solo Antartica circumnavigation
So far, Lisa is tracking very well in her attempt to become the first woman to sail solo around Antartica. So far, Lisa is tracking very well in her attempt to become the first woman to sail solo around Antartica. After the setbacks of a delayed departure due to gremlins in the electronics, we are delighted to have these answers from her on board. She is well and enjoying her time. Climate Action Now, her Hick 50, left Albany in Western Australia on January 22, 2017.
Posted on 8 Feb
The price of legacy
Malcolm Page OAM, two-time Olympic Gold Medallist, became the Chief of Olympic Sailing for the USA on January 1 Malcolm Page OAM, two-time Olympic Gold Medallist (470) with Nathan Wilmot in 2008 and Mat Belcher in 2012, became the Chief of Olympic Sailing for the USA on January 1 this year. In and of itself it is hardly the freshest news, and well and truly yesterday’s fish wrapper. It was also a wise choice on behalf of Team USA, for he has succeeded in both the physical and commercial arms of our sport.
Posted on 5 Feb
Zhik becomes Official Clothing Partner to the Extreme Sailing Series
Extreme Sailing Series™ has established an exciting new partnership with the high-performance clothing brand, Zhik. As it enters the 2017 season, the Extreme Sailing Series™ has established an exciting new partnership with the high-performance clothing brand, Zhik.
Posted on 2 Feb
World Sailing headquarters to relocate to London
World Sailing's headquarters will relocate from Southampton to central London, UK in late summer 2017. World Sailing's headquarters will relocate from Southampton to central London, UK in late summer 2017. The selection of London as the new home for the International Federation comes after an extensive evaluation process of possible locations undertaken since the election of a new President and Board of Directors in November 2016.
Posted on 1 Feb
Henri Lloyd join forces with FAST40+ Class
Henri Lloyd is delighted to announce their three year partnership with the FAST40+ Class. Premium British marine and lifestyle clothing brand, Henri Lloyd is delighted to announce their three year partnership with the FAST40+ Class.
Posted on 1 Feb
Tawera takes the NZ Millennium Cup 2017
The Ron Holland designed and impeccably sailed, Tawera, again dominated a lengthier 27nm course on Day 3 of racing The Ron Holland designed and impeccably sailed, Tawera, again dominated a lengthier 27nm course on Day 3 of racing, taking line honours for a third consecutive day, bringing home the NZ Millennium Cup 2017. Coming into the final day of racing, Pacific Division competitors, Antaeus and Steinlager 2, were tied on points. Rumours of an extensive tactical defence strategy to retain the Pacific
Posted on 1 Feb
Rolex China Sea Race launches new official website
RHKYC today unveiled its new official website and logo for its flagship event, the biennial Rolex China Sea Race Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club today unveiled its new official website and logo for its flagship event, the biennial Rolex China Sea Race - Asia’s principal blue-water classic.
Posted on 28 Jan