Cairns-Port Douglas Reef Hub

Cairns-Port Douglas Reef Hub

The Cairns-Port Douglas Hub will build on and accelerate work underway on local Reef site stewardship, and connect local action with large-scale coral intervention and adaptation research.

The Cairns-Port Douglas region is home to multiple coral restoration and stewardship projects supported by Traditional Owners, scientists, tourism operators and the community who are deeply committed to a healthy and resilient Reef.

Throughout 2020, more than 30 individuals from 20+ organisations and businesses contributed their insights and ideas to shape the design and development of a Cairns-Port Douglas Reef Hub.

The Hub seeks to strengthen relationships between groups undertaking a range of scales and approaches to reef intervention and stewardship actions to deliver greater collective impact in building reef and community resilience in the face of climate change.

So far in 2021 we've been continuing to build the Hub structure, including bringing together a Hub Steering Group through an Expression of Interest process that finished in early-2021.

The Steering Group is actively contributing to:  

  • Developing the Hub Coordinator role position description to provide critical capacity based locally to support the Hub.  

  • Informing the planning for a sharing symposium and series of strategic planning workshops later in 2021. 

  • Identifying ideas around key focus areas for the Hub.  

Cairns-Port Douglas Reef Hub Discussion Paper

#Hub Activities


Strengthening on-ground project delivery, learning and sharing


Creating a forum for Traditional Owners, the tourism industry and community to share stories about the work and the why


Connecting local-scale projects with those underway in other regions as well as the larger-scale Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program


Providing tools and capacity-building to strengthen the design, implementation and monitoring of restoration projects to deliver outcomes

#Hub Steering Group

A Steering Group, representative of the diversity of the Cairns-Port Douglas Reef Hub network, provides localised strategic leadership to guide the design and operations of the Hub.

Stewart Lockie (Chair) - Social Scientist

Affiliation: Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program and The Cairns Institute, JCU

Stewart Christie - Sustainable development and management

Affiliations: Terrain NRM and Reef Restoration Foundation

Peppi Iovanella - Tourism

Affiliation: Down Under Cruise and Dive

Neil Mattocks - Reef conservation actions

Affiliation: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

David Suggett - Reef ecology and restoration science

Affiliations: University of Technology Sydney, Coral Reef Consortium and Australian Cooperative Research Centres, Coral Nurture Program

Fiona Merida - Reef management and industry engagement

Affiliation: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Brian Singleton - Reef Traditional Owner

Affiliations: Dawul Wuru Aboriginal Corporation and Reef Restoration and Adaptation Science Traditional Owner Technical Working Group

Jennifer Loder - Community Partnerships

Affiliations: Great Barrier Reef Foundation

Steering Group Communique, June 2021

The Hub is supported through funding from the partnership between the Australian Government's Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. It is enabled by the partnership's Community Reef Protection and Traditional Owner Reef Protection components, and the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program with support from local partners.


Want to learn more about on-ground projects to accelerate site-based recovery of coral and support Reef stewardship? Learnings from these projects will be shared across the Hub network.