2009 Reef Guardian Council launch in Cairns!
From 2009: On Monday 9 November Cairns Regional Council will be formally welcomed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority into the Reef Guardian Council program. Council was involved in the trial program in 2005 and will now be a considered a full participant.
The launch for the Reef Guardian Council program for all Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils including Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Cook and Tablelands Regional Councils will be held at Cairns Regional Council on Mon 9 November 09.
CRC voted to join the program in May 09 and since then staff have been preparing a Natural Resource Management Action Plan which documents Council’s commitment to strategically work towards Reef Guardian Council goals. The Action Plan will be a working document and aims to include climate change in the near future. Currently the areas of focus include:
1. Water management: mitigation and monitoring of pollution sources.
2. Waste management: planning for the environment.
3. Land management: management plans for impacts.
4. Community engagement: influencing and involving the community
Reef Guardian Councils is an innovative program between GBRMPA and local governments that recognises councils existing environmental practices while encouraging participants to foster environmental stewardship of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park through an increased commitment to best environmental practices.
The Reef Guardian Council program builds on the successful Reef Guardian Schools program recognising that the effective protection and management of the Great Barrier Reef, requires partnerships at all levels of government, industry and the community.