Tourism Reef Advisory Committee

The Tourism Reef Advisory Committee provides advice to the Marine Park Authority Board through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on the management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Appointments to the Tourism Reef Advisory Committees is competency-based, and members are appointed taking into consideration their experience, knowledge, skills, relationships and networks with Reef Traditional Owners or relevant groups or sectors.  All Committee members are expected to adopt a broad perspective on Committee business that is raised.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority acknowledges the continuing Sea Country management and custodianship of the Great Barrier Reef by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Owners whose rich cultures, heritage values, enduring connections and shared efforts protect the Reef for future generations.

At each meeting of the Tourism Reef Advisory Committee, an acknowledgment of Traditional Owners will occur before meeting business.

Purpose

The Committees’ purpose is to provide objective advice, insights and recommendations on:

  • Legislative, policy, and guideline review and development, directly related to the management of the Marine Park
  • Strategic plans and programs that give effect to the objects of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975
  • Actions that can be taken to address risks to the Marine Park identified in the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report (released by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority every five-years); and
  • Emerging or unfamiliar issues occurring within the Marine Park and the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

The Tourism Reef Advisory Committee is not decision making body.  Advice and recommendations provided to the Marine Park Authority Board are non-binding.

Tourism Reef Advisory Committee Charter of Operation

Tourism Reef Advisory Committee Members

The Tourism Reef Advisory Committee is a competency-based committee with members providing a cross-section of stakeholder expertise and interests in areas relevant to tourism on the Great Barrier Reef.

  
Mr. Daniel Gschwind (Tourism Reef Advisory Committee Chairperson)

Queensland Tourism Industry Council, tourism business experience and acumen State wide, nationally and internationally.

Ms. Annie Judd

Bareboat industry, marine tourism business experience and acumen – Townsville/Whitsunday Management Area.

Ms. Christine Grant

Aboriginal (Kuku Yalanji from the Jalunji-Warra clan) and Torres Strait Islander (Mualgal from Kubin on Moa Island) Elder.  Cultural and natural resource management, particularly heritage management, conservation and protection.

Ms. Christabel Warren

Wuthathi Traditional Owner.  Indigenous tourism operations – Far Northern Management Area.

Mr. Gareth Phillips

Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators.  Marine tourism business experience and acumen.

Mr. Craig Stephen

Large multifaceted tourism business operations, live aboard dive tourism – Cairns/Cooktown and Far Northern Management Areas.

Ms. Crystal Lacey

Large multifaceted tourism business operations, Master Reef Guide – Townsville/Whitsundays Management Area.

Mr. David Boyd

Island resorts, large multifaceted tourism business operations – Townsville/Whitsundays Management Area.

Mr. Gary Kilby

Large multifaceted tourism business operations, pontoon operations, marine safety management systems – Townsville/Whitsundays Management Area.

Mr. Gavin Singleton

Yirrganydji Traditional Owner. Traditional Use of Marine Resources and Land and Sea Ranger program management – Cairns/Cooktown Management Area.

Ms. Jan Claxton

Owner operator, high standard ecotourism operations – Cairns/Cooktown Management Area and Townsville/Whitsundays Management Area.

Mr. Jason Moore

Large multifaceted tourism business operations – Cairns/Cooktown Management Area.

Captain Mike Drake

Cruise ship operations – Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and internationally.

Mr. Peter Gash

Commonwealth Island ecotourism operations – Mackay/Capricorn Management Area.

Mr. Tony Brown

Charter Boat Industry Association, owner operator, high standard ecotourism operations – Townsville/Whitsundays Management Area.

Mr. Tony Charters

Ecotourism, environmental education and recreation programs.  Tourism research, policy and strategic planning. Tourism certification and quality assurance.

Ms. Stephanie Hicks

Owner operator, small personalised tours, Master Reef Guide - Townsville/Whitsundays Management Area.

Ms. Racheal Klitscher

Great Barrier Reef tourism marketing, destination and experience development and major events.

Ms. Gayle O'Brien

Tourism policy and industry engagement. Great Barrier Reef Island Resort Rejuvenation Program.

Standing invitations:

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

Parks Australia