Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Enhanced community partnerships 2004 – 2005

Katherine Teh-White

Managing Director

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The brief:

The rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park incorporating an increase from 4.6% to 33% ‘No Take’ areas is Australia’s largest public consultation process. Although the processes and efforts employed by the Authority were generally successful in building broad community understanding and support following the rezoning, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) was faced with segments of outraged and vocal fishing interests. The organisation hired Futureye to review their consultation process, community engagement capability and provide advice to the Authority on how it might improve.

“The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is well placed to modify internal cultures and to better engage with our multitude of stakeholders as a result of your expert and insightful advice. The perspectives you brought to the consultancy are highly valued and on both a personal and professional level. I believe your report is of real assistance to our organisation.”

The late Hon Virginnia Chadwick, Chair, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

The result:

Our recommendations were endorsed by the Federal Minister for the Environment and the Authority Board and the report made available to the general public. The Authority has now taken great steps towards implementing many of the recommendations contained in our report, including making changes to the roles of office holders, Authority functions, accountability frameworks and consultation mechanisms so it can respond more effectively to community concerns and criticisms.

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