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The opportunity for the public to comment on a proposal is an important part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's environmental assessment and consultative processes. Interested parties are invited to contact us for more information, or to make a written submission in relation to the proposal.

In accordance with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 2019, a person whose interests are affected by a decision to grant a permit may ask the Authority to reconsider the decision. A request for reconsideration must:

  1. be in writing; and
  2. set out the reasons why the Authority should reconsider the decision and why you are an affected person; and
  3. be given to the Authority within 21 days after the day notice of the decision is published on the Authority’s website.

Permit decisions are published on our ‘recent decisions’ webpage.  Written correspondence can be emailed to

Coral Nurture Program Whitsundays

  • Project: Coral Nurture Program Whitsundays
  • Summary: Dr Emma Camp and Associate Professor David Suggett have applied to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for permission to extend the Coral Nurture Program established in 2019 in Cairns-Port Douglas for local reef site rehabilitation and restoration to the Whitsundays region (Hayman Island, Black Island and Hook Island). The aim of the Coral Nurture Program Whitsundays is to evaluate how the approach used in Cairns-Port Douglas can be tailored for adoption at different reef sites and tourism operations in the Whitsundays.
  • Documents: View the Public Information Package.
  • Status: Public Consultation has now closed. No submissions were received. The application is now progressing through the assessment process.

Dredge Material Disposal and Maintenance Dredging 

  • Project: Dredge Material Disposal and Maintenance Dredging at the Port of Cairns
  • Summary: The Far North Queensland Ports Corporation Pty Ltd (Ports North)  have applied to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for permission to continue to dispose of maintenance dredge spoil material into the Marine Parks at a new disposal site. The disposal site is located in deeper water, adjacent to the existing approved disposal site. The site will be used for disposal of maintenance dredge spoil that accumulates within the existing port channels. Ports North have applied for a 10 year permit consistent with previous permits. The Public Information Package is available here.
  • Documents:
  • Status: This project has been approved. The permit is available here

Museum of Underwater Art 

  • Project: Museum of Underwater Art – Stages 2 and 3
  • Summary: As per the published Assessment and Decision Guideline following a call for Public Comment, the applicant is required to publicise a document which demonstrates how the comments received have been considered and addressed. If the applicant decides not to consider certain issues raised by the public, the response will need to demonstrate why these issues were not deemed relevant to the assessment of the proposal.
  • The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority received 163 submissions, including a petition with 241 signatures. All submissions were de-identified by GBRMPA and provided to Museum of Underwater Art.
  • Museum of Underwater Art have provided a Community Consultation Response Report for Stage 2 - Magnetic Island.
  • This is also available on the Museum of Underwater Art website.
  • The Palm Island submissions for Stage 3 will be responded to in a separate report following additional consultation.
  • Documents: Museum of Underwater Art website
  • Status: The Community Consultation Response Report and Public Comments are being considered in the assessment of this application.
Created Tue, 2022-08-23 23:15
Updated 24 Aug 2022
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