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, 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. 

Two grant rounds are currently open for the CAP Program and will close on 22nd April 2021. CAP Leaders can apply for funding to continue their role to guide, support and enable the community to progress successful CAP projects and outcomes. Community and Traditional Owner organisations can apply for funding to deliver projects that were developed through the CAP development process, helping to translate plans into action.  

A webinar on the funding application process was held on April 14th and the recording can be viewed here.

#Community action plan leaders (CAPS)

Cape York Natural Resource Management

Cape York Natural Resource Management

Cape York Natural Resource Management are leading the development of the Cape York Reef Community Action Plan in partnership with South Cape York Catchments. Engagements will be focussed in the Bloomfield, Cooktown and Hopevale regions and will provide an opportunity to combine the voices of Traditional Owners, community members and youth, and bring together different views on Reef protection actions that will reduce local and climatic impacts on the Reef.

NQ Dry Tropics & Reef Ecologic

NQ Dry Tropics & Reef Ecologic

NQ Dry Tropics are leading the development of the Burdekin Dry Tropics Reef Community Action Plan in collaboration with Reef Ecologic. Reef Ecologic will be leading communication activities for the CAP and delivering specific youth engagement opportunities. Engagements to develop the CAP will be focussed on the Townsville, Ayr, and Bowen regions. The CAP will 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 (MICDA)

Magnetic Island Community Development Association (MICDA)

MICDA are leading the development of the Magnetic Island Reef Community Action Plan. This local scale CAP will build 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

Reef Catchments

Reef Catchments are leading the development of the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac Community Action Plan. A broad range of stakeholders from the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac regions will be invited to develop visions, high priority goals and associated projects as part of a relevant and useful living document to guide the community to achieve meaningful change.

Fitzroy Basin Association & Capricornia Catchments

Fitzroy Basin Association & Capricornia Catchments

Fitzroy Basin Association are leading the development of the Capricorn Coast Reef Community Action Plan in collaboration with Capricornia Catchments. Capricornia Catchments will be leading the community engagement activities including with Traditional Owners, and the delivery of specific youth engagement opportunities. The CAP will identify local priorities, plan future on-ground community actions, and integrate, collate and celebrate the actions of diverse community stakeholders.

Burnett Mary Regional Group

Burnett Mary Regional Group

Burnett Mary Regional Group are leading the development of the Burnett Mary Reef Community Action Plan. The CAP will focus on communities within the coastal, estuarine, and marine areas of the Bundaberg, Fraser Coast and Gympie Local Government areas and the traditional Land and Sea Country of the Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang, Tarebilang Bunda, Bailai, and Butchulla peoples.

The Burnett Mary CAP will be completed in June 2021.