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Remaking the Zoning Plan for Great Sandy Marine Park

The Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing has remade the zoning plan for Great Sandy Marine Park. The new plan is the Marine Parks (Great Sandy) Zoning Plan 2017, and  is subordinate legislation to the Marine Parks Act 2004. The new plan came into effect on 1 September 2017.

The Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef approved a two phase process for the Zoning Plan remake and an extension of time to allow the remake process to be undertaken. This two phase process balances the maintenance of existing management arrangements while seeking community input on future management directions.

An overview of this process can be seen below:

Information gathering

  • Gathering updated information on marine park values

Zoning plan remake (phase 1)

  • Administrative renewal of current Zoning Plan
  • Public notice
  • Legislative drafting
  • Commencement of remade Zoning Plan – 1 September 2017 - This is where we are in the process

Discussion Paper (phase 2)

  • Discussion Paper released and submissions analysed

Draft Zoning Plan

  • Draft Zoning Plan released and submissions analysed

Final Zoning Plan

  • Legislative drafting
  • Revised Zoning Plan takes effect

Phase 1 involved the statutory renewal of the Zoning Plan in its current form, without notable amendment, to ensure it does not expire and the conservation and use values of the Great Sandy Marine Park are not placed at risk.  There were no changes made to zones, designated areas or entry and use requirements. This phase was completed on 31 August 2017 to ensure the continuation of the existing management arrangements for the marine park while the comprehensive Phase 2 review of the zoning plan is undertaken.

Phase 2 is underway and will involve public consultation with the release of a Discussion Paper seeking input on the future directions and management of the marine park, including zoning, designated areas, values and use. Feedback from the Discussion Paper will help determine what amendments are needed in the Zoning Plan to support the long term conservation and use of the marine park. Any proposed amendments will be subject to further public input.

The end result of the renewal process will be the development of an updated Zoning Plan that is best placed to support the management of the marine park for a further 10 years based on available science and community input.

For further information please contact the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing (NPSR) by email or by mail to:

Marine Resource Management
Strategic Policy and Racing Industry Governance
Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing
PO Box 15187
City East QLD 4002

Last updated
4 September 2017