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This public consultation is on the draft reports of the Great Barrier Reef Strategic Assessment.

Feedback and comments gained during public consultation will help inform the preparation of final strategic assessment reports for consideration by the Australian Minister for the Environment, and in 2015, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

There are two components to the comprehensive strategic assessment — a marine component and a coastal zone component.

The marine component is about the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s arrangements to protect and manage the Great Barrier Reef Region — including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and almost all of the World Heritage Area. The Authority is undertaking this component.

The coastal zone component is about the Queensland Government’s management, planning and development framework for the 2300 kilometre-long coastal area adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef and how its management protects the Great Barrier Reef. The Queensland Government is undertaking this component.

This public consultation is being carried out in accordance with agreements with the Australian Government Minister for the Environment developed under Part 10 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EBPC Act).

This survey’s aim is to gain views on the two components of the comprehensive strategic assessment, including proposed measures to improve future management of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and its coastal zone.

In this online survey:

  • you can answer all questions or just those that relate to the topics that interest you
  • you can skip to the end of the survey and submit it at any point in the survey
  • you can provide any general comments at the end of the survey
  • you can upload a document that will be considered as part of your submission at the end of this survey
  • you can keep the online survey open for as long as you need to but you will not be able to close out of it and return to complete it later
  • you will be asked questions about yourself which will help us gain general demographic information on the public consultation
  • you will be asked for an email address so we can send you an email notification to confirm we have received your online survey submission
  • you will be able to go back into your survey responses to change them any time before you click the submit button
  • you will only be able to complete the online survey once from your computer

Consultation closes on Friday 31 January 2014 at 12 midnight (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

Feedback and comments received during consultation will inform the preparation of the final reports for the Great Barrier Reef Strategic Assessment. The final program and strategic assessment reports, as well as a report on the consultation, will be provided to the Australian Minister for the Environment for review and consideration in late 2014.

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The survey questions are divided into two sections: one section relates to the Great Barrier Reef coastal zone strategic assessment; the other to the Great Barrier Reef Region (marine component) strategic assessment.

You can answer questions on one or both sections.

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Great Barrier Reef coastal zone


It's highly recommended to keep the relevant chapters of the report open for reference.

0 - Not sure 1 - Very unimportant 2 - Unimportant 3 - Neutral 4 - Important 5 - Very important
Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area
Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
Ramsar wetlands (Bowling Green Bay and Shoalwater/Corio Bay)
Threatened Ecological Communities (broad leaf tea-tree woodlands in high rainfall coastal north Queensland and Littoral Rainforest and Coastal Vine Thickets of Eastern Australia)
The habitat of particular threatened species (such as cassowary mahogany glider and Proserpine rock wallaby)
Migratory Species (such as particular bird species)
Report’s assessment of current condition (from very poor to very good) Do you agree with the assessment of condition?
Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area Poor
Wet Tropics World Heritage Area Good
Ramsar wetlands (Bowling Green Bay and Shoalwater/Corio Bay) Very good
Threatened Ecological Community - broad leaf tea-tree woodlands in high rainfall coastal north Queensland Poor
Threatened Ecological Community - Littoral Rainforest and Coastal Vine Thickets of Eastern Australia Good
The habitat of particular threatened species (such as cassowary mahogany glider and Proserpine rock wallaby) Good
The habitat of particular migratory species (such as particular bird species) Good
Report’s assessment of future condition Do you agree with the assessment of condition?
Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area Good
Wet Tropics World Heritage Area Good
Ramsar wetlands (Bowling Green Bay and Shoalwater/Corio Bay) Very good
Threatened Ecological Community - broad leaf tea-tree woodlands in high rainfall coastal north Queensland Poor
Threatened Ecological Community - Littoral Rainforest and Coastal Vine Thickets of Eastern Australia Good
The habitat of particular threatened species (such as cassowary mahogany glider and Proserpine rock wallaby) Good
The habitat of particular migratory species (such as particular bird species) Good

  • Urban and industrial development
  • Tourism development and use
  • Port development and maritime infrastructure
  • Agriculture
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Natural resource management

  • Climate Effects and Extreme Weather events
  • Loss of habitat and connectivity
  • Decline in water quality
  • Pest and weed species
  • Modified fire regimes
  • Disturbance of species
  • Altered flow regimes
Forward commitment 0 - Not sure 1 - Strongly disagree 2 - Disagree 3 - Neutral 4 - Agree 5 - Strongly agree
Meeting international obligations  
FC1 Queensland will provide information to the Australian Government on proposed developments that may impact upon World Heritage properties to ensure Australia’s international obligations continue to be met.
FC2 Queensland will work with the Australian Government to develop and implement a long term sustainability plan for the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area by the end of 2014.
FC3 Queensland will work with the Australian Government to jointly develop an outcomes-based framework for the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
FC4 Queensland will continue to work with industry and other stakeholders in Gladstone Harbour to establish and implement the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership which will inform future management decisions.
Managing coastal development 0 - Not sure 1 - Strongly disagree 2 - Disagree 3 - Neutral 4 - Agree 5 - Strongly agree
FC5 Queensland is committed to working with the Australian Government to improve identification of matters of national environmental significance.
FC6 Queensland will continue to work with the Australian Government and other states and territories to achieve consistent national listing of threatened species.
FC7 Queensland will continue to work with the Australian Government and other states and territories to achieve consistent national listing of threatened species. Migratory Species (such as particular bird species).
Implementing strengthened management measures 0 - Not sure 1 - Strongly disagree 2 - Disagree 3 - Neutral 4 - Agree 5 - Strongly agree
FC8 Queensland will develop and implement the Queensland Ports Strategy which builds on and further strengthens the government’s commitment to consolidate existing port capacity and strengthen port-related management of the Great Barrier Reef coastal zone.
FC9 Queensland will work with the Australian Government and the Authority to develop guidelines proponents should consider when assessing cumulative impacts for EPBC Act approvals including those that impact on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
FC10 Implement a new Queensland offsets policy that delivers more strategic outcomes and ensures funds derived from the GBR coastal zone are used to tackle the most significant issues facing the GBR and seek to align with the objectives of the Australian Government Offsets Policy and proposed Reef Trust where possible.
FC11 Queensland will also work with the Authority and seek to utilise the outcomes of recent research (coastal basin assessments) in implementing the new offsets policy, including through the development of a Direct Benefit Management Plan for the Great Barrier Reef.
Enhancing Matter of National Environmental Significance 0 - Not sure 1 - Strongly disagree 2 - Disagree 3 - Neutral 4 - Agree 5 - Strongly agree
FC12 Queensland will continue to support the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan and the associated Paddock to Reef monitoring program to help achieve the long term goal of no detrimental impact from water entering the GBR.
FC13 At Reef Plan’s next review (2018), consideration will be given to expanding its scope to sources of pollutants other than broadscale land use.
FC14 Queensland will continue to support programs that improve the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
FC15 Queensland will continue to undertake broader activities to improve the character of wetlands through the Queensland Wetlands Program.
FC16 Queensland will prioritise actions to recover species, taking into account national recovery plans, threat abatement plans and conservation advices.
Adaptive management 0 - Not sure 1 - Strongly disagree 2 - Disagree 3 - Neutral 4 - Agree 5 - Strongly agree
FC17 Incorporate reporting into Queensland state of the environment reporting in relation to matters of national environmental significance condition and trend.
FC18 Work with the Australian Government to develop an integrated monitoring program that incorporates existing Queensland monitoring programs and provides improved information to underpin the long term sustainability plan.
FC19 Advise the Australian Government of any proposed changes to the Program and prepare an matters of national environmental significance Impact Statement where a significant change is considered.
FC20 The Queensland Government will report annually to the Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Forum on implementation of the strategic assessment.

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Great Barrier Reef marine


It's highly recommended to keep the relevant chapters of the report open for reference.

0 - Not sure 1 - Very unimportant 2 - Unimportant 3 - Neutral 4 - Important 5 - Very important
Biodiversity — Great Barrier Reef habitats (e.g. coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass meadows, open waters, islands, beaches, coastlines)
Biodiversity — terrestrial habitats that support the Reef (e.g. saltmarshes, wetlands, woodlands, rainforests, forests)
Biodiversity — species (e.g. mangroves, seagrasses, corals, fish, marine turtles, dugongs, crocodiles, whales, dolphins)
Landforms or geomorphological features (e.g. coral reefs, islands, river deltas, channels, canyons)
Indigenous heritage (e.g. cultural practices, customs, lores, sacred sites, stories, totems, languages)
Historic heritage (e.g. historic shipwrecks, lighthouses, World War II features, sites of scientific significance)
Community benefits (e.g. income and employment, understanding, appreciation, enjoyment, personal connection, health benefits)
Aesthetic values (e.g. natural beauty)
Effects of impacts on: 0 - Not sure 1 - Strongly disagree 2 - Disagree 3 - Neutral 4 - Agree 5 - Strongly agree
Biodiversity
Geomorphological features (landforms)
Indigenous heritage
Historic heritage
Condition of values 0 - Not sure 1 - Strongly disagree 2 - Disagree 3 - Neutral 4 - Agree 5 - Strongly agree
Biodiversity — Great Barrier Reef habitats (Table 7.1)
Biodiversity — Terrestrial habitats that support the Great Barrier Reef (Table 7.2)
Biodiversity values — species (Table 7.3)
Landforms or Geomorphological features (Table 7.4)
Indigenous heritage values (Table 7.6)
Historic heritage values (Table 7.7)
Community benefits of the environment (Table 7.8)
Environmental processes (Table 7.10)
Risks to: 0 - Not sure 1 - Strongly disagree 2 - Disagree 3 - Neutral 4 - Agree 5 - Strongly agree
Biodiversity
Geomorphological features (landforms)
Indigenous heritage
Historic heritage
Recommendations to the Authority’s management arrangements 0 - Not sure 1 - Strongly disagree 2 - Disagree 3 - Neutral 4 - Agree 5 - Strongly agree
Identifying matters of national environmental significance (values)
Assessing impacts on values
Avoiding impacts on values
Mitigating impacts on values
Offsetting impacts on values
Enhancing values
Monitoring and evaluation
Governance
Adapting to climate change
Recommended improvements for other management arrangements 0 - Not sure 1 - Strongly disagree 2 - Disagree 3 - Neutral 4 - Agree 5 - Strongly agree
Climate change
Catchment runoff
Degradation of coastal ecosystems
Direct use — port activities
Direct use — shipping
Direct use — fishing
Direct use — tourism and recreation
0 - Not sure 1 - Strongly disagree 2 - Disagree 3 - Neutral 4 - Agree 5 - Strongly agree
  • existing (foundational) management
  • strengthening management
  • forward commitments
New initiatives 0 - Not sure 1 - Strongly disagree 2 - Disagree 3 - Neutral 4 - Agree 5 - Strongly agree
Outcomes and targets
Cumulative impact assessment policy
Net benefit policy
Reef recovery program
Integrated monitoring, reporting and adaptive management program
Measures to strengthen management 0 - Not sure 1 - Strongly disagree 2 - Disagree 3 - Neutral 4 - Agree 5 - Strongly agree
Identifying matters of national environmental significance
Regionally-based standards for ecosystem health
Strengthened guidelines
Streamlining, harmonising and enhancing tools
Improving assessment of matters of national environmental significance
Supporting recovery and building resilience
Improving certainty
Strengthening protection of heritage values
Improving compliance
Improving incident response capacity
Engagement
Influencing drivers and activities affecting the Region
Supporting best practice and stewardship
Improving consultation arrangements
Improving identification and understanding of matters of national environmental significance
Identifying Indigenous heritage values
Developing an historic heritage database
Improving understanding of community benefits
Improving alignment and coordination of research priorities
Increasing emphasis on use of modelling

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