Help manage Australian marine parks

Parks Australia is calling for expressions of interest to join Australian marine park advisory committees.

PARKS Australia is establishing advisory committees to provide advice about how it manages 58 Australian marine parks, including Two Rocks marine park, in six regions around the country.

National Parks acting director Judy West has invited expressions of interest from people interested in participating in Australian marine park advisory committees for the next two years.

Dr West said the advisory committees would provide advice on implementing the management plans for marine parks in the north, north-west, south-west, temperate east and south-east of Australia, as well as the Coral Sea.

“We are looking for people who want to make a positive contribution to managing the largest representative network of marine parks in the world.” she said.

“Ideally, we want people with regional knowledge and experience of the range of uses that occur in our marine parks, including marine biodiversity conservation and natural resource management.

“This might include knowledge or experience in tourism, commercial and recreational fishing, marine transport, science, research, communication or management.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a knowledge of sea country in these areas are strongly encouraged to apply.

“As a member of an advisory committee, you will have the opportunity to guide protection of our unique marine environment, while providing benefits to local and regional communities.”

Five new management plans for marine parks in the north, north-west, south-west and temperate east networks and the Coral Sea came into effect on July 1.

She said a management plan for marine parks in the south-east network had been in place since 2013.

Expressions of interest must be received by Friday, August 31.