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Don your thinking caps for CAP projects

Cape York NRM’s Community Action Plan (CAP) team will soon be heading to three communities in the south-east Cape to run workshops to develop the Cape York CAP.

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation will compile input from six Queensland regions to create the state’s overall Plan that will identify shared goals for community Reef protection.

Cape York NRM is leading the development of the Cape York Community Action Plan in partnership with South Cape York Catchments. The Plan will provide an opportunity for Traditional Owners, community members, and youth to share their ideas for community actions that will benefit local marine, estuarine and coastal areas.

Prior to the upcoming workshops, community members have been contacted through face-to-face meetings, phone conversations, and online surveys. Feedback from this engagement process will make sure that the workshops are focused on the issues and actions that matter most to the community.

The Community Action Plan that is produced as a result of the workshops will be presented to funding providers to demonstrate the real needs and wishes of the community in an effort to progress the project concepts into on-ground action.

Interests in the Great Barrier Reef are vast and varied, and according to Deloitte Australia the Reef has an economic, social and icon asset value estimated to be $6.4B nationally, $3.9B across Queensland, and $2.9B within the Great Barrier Reef regions. This amounts to 64,000 jobs nationally.

These figures are a reflection of a cross-section of value placed on the Reef, such as cultural significance, commercial and recreational fishing, it’s sheer beauty, recreational activities, tourism opportunities, and environmental values to name a few. And of course, the Great Barrier Reef is listed as one of the seven wonders of the natural world.

Do you want to increase fish numbers, attract sustainable tourism, improve dugong habitat, or simply want a say in how we look after this area of the Reef? Whatever your interest, please come along to one of the workshops and join in the conversation.

Contact us to find out more about this workshop, and to RSVP:

Michael Goddard 0498 760 022 mgoddard@capeyorknrm.com.au

Harry James 0427 994 333 harry.james@capeyorknrm.com.au