Reef management under review
The environment minister has ordered a review of governance of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA).
While the Reef itself is in trouble too, Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg says the institutions supporting the natural wonder must “continue to evolve”.
Mr Frydenberg said GBRMPA’s governance arrangements have not been reviewed since 2006.
“It is important these are examined to ensure they continue to serve the best interests of the Reef,” he said.
“The 2006 review noted that governance arrangements for the Authority will be shaped by the changing needs of the Reef.”
The current Chair and Chief Executive of the Authority, Russell Reichelt, will complete his second five-year term in October, and is not seeking a third.
The Federal Government says this has provided an opportunity to make sure the Authority's board and its Chair and Chief Executive can still serve the best interests of the Reef.
The review will be conducted by Wendy Craik, Chair of the Climate Change Authority, who headed the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority from 1992 to 1995.
Dr Craik’s review will wrap up in May after public submissions and targeted stakeholder meetings.