The Whitsundays Plan of Management 1998 (the Plan) and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983 (the Regulations) have been amended and the majority of the changes took effect from 2 August 2017.
The updates follow extensive consultation with Traditional Owners, local stakeholders, community members and tourism operators, including a comprehensive public consultation process.

The Whitsundays Plan of Management now includes provisions for:
• increased access for superyachts wishing to visit an approved location (these anchorages were established at carefully-selected sites that do not have coral or other sensitive habitats)
• increased water sport opportunities at already established locations
• greater recognition of the importance of the area to Traditional Owners
• increased flexibility for the area to accommodate low or no impact activities
• simplified boundaries for users to understand what activities are allowed where.

Monitoring Organisation Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Name David Wachenfeld

Phone 07 4750 0896


Position in organisation Director Reef Recovery, Biodiversity, Conservation & Sustainable Use

Activity Type science and research (e.g. monitoring activities, trials of innovative practices or new equipment)

Activity Indicators water quality in estuarine zones

Activity location Whitsunday inshore zone

Frequency of monitoring

Monitoring Start Date 01/07/2016


Location of monitoring data

Date quality / confidence

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