Community Action Plan Leaders
Community Action Plan Leaders along the length of the Great Barrier Reef are working with their communities to turbo-charge local Reef protection and community outcomes through collaborative planning for coastal, estuarine, and marine citizen science and community on-ground action.
In 2020, eight organisations from Cape York to Burnett Mary had hundreds of discussions and 26 workshops with community partners, Traditional Owners, youth, scientists, and Reef managers to create a Community Action Plan for their regions. The plans connect community aspirations with regional and reef-wide priorities to help design better ways to work together to deliver change.
The CAPs aim to improve the engagement of the broader community by establishing shared goals, identifying critical projects, and developing a tangible plan that further strengthens and accelerates community Reef protection outcomes for the area.
To translate the CAPs into action, seed funding was provided to kick start priority regional projects. CAP Leaders will continue to guide, support, and enable the community to progress successful CAP projects and outcomes. Over the next two years, GBRF will continue to work closely with CAP Leaders to explore further investment opportunities, capacity needs and connections across CAP regions.
#Community Action Plans (CAPs)
Cape York Natural Resource Management led the development of the South-east Cape York Reef Community Action Plan. They delivered seven workshops in Hope Vale, Cooktown and Wujal Wujal to develop the CAP and a catalogue of 13 collaborative projects. These projects represent local priorities that will (1) increase community involvement in Reef action; (2) encourage wider community ownership of Reef protection activities; (3) foster cross-organisational collaboration, knowledge sharing and decision making in Cape York and across Reef catchments; and, crucially, (4) deliver improved protection of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
NQ Dry Tropics led the development of the Burdekin Dry Tropics Coastal Reef Community Action Plan in partnership with Reef Ecologic. A diversity of community members participated through workshops in Townsville and Home Hill and specific youth engagement workshops. The CAP featured six roadmaps for priority strategies including protecting fish habitats, and turtles, and restoration of wetland and riparian areas. The CAP aimed to increase the coordination and collaboration between community groups in the region that are working towards Reef resilience and develop strategic community-based projects.
Magnetic Island Community Development Association led the development of the Magnetic Island (Yunbenun) Reef Community Action Plan. They engaged over 200 community members to develop five roadmaps including ecosystem monitoring, protecting Traditional Owner cultural heritage, promoting the island’s World Heritage Values and developing the island as a model for community-driven energy alternatives and energy efficiency. This local scale CAP built the leadership capacity of Magnetic Island residents through the co-design and implementation of a range of accelerated, targeted actions to promote Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area resilience.
Reef Catchments led the development of the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac Community Action Plan. 10 roadmaps were built in response to identified high priority local actions which included helping families, schools and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint by reducing food waste, coordinating citizen science, and Traditional Owners leading protection of foreshore vegetation and turtles. The launch of the CAP was celebrated through a community event attended by over 50 people.
Fitzroy Basin Association led the development of the Capricorn Coast Reef Community Action Plan in partnership with Capricornia Catchments. The CAP engaged community, Traditional Owner and youth workshops. The CAP featured eight roadmaps including Traditional Owners looking after Country, dolphins and coastal ecosystems, emissions reductions, and youth engagement and stewardship of the Reef.
Burnett Mary Regional Group led the development of the Burnett Mary Reef Community Action Plan. The focus of the CAP was on communities within the coastal, estuarine and marine areas of the Bundaberg, Gladstone, Fraser Coast and Gympie Local Government areas. The CAP featured four roadmaps including protecting marine turtle habitats, fish habitats, coral health and increasing cultural awareness of Traditional Owner Practices