It is my pleasure to announce Dr Ian Poiner has been appointed as Chairperson of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA).
Dr Poiner has been appointed under the new Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority board arrangements introduced in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment (Authority Governance and Other Matters) Act 2018, which come into effect today.
Dr Poiner is a highly respected marine scientist with international science credentials and board leadership experience. He has a long history of involvement in Great Barrier Reef science and conservation, and is a former CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science. I have no doubt he will make a significant contribution to the continued health and resilience of the reef.
Dr Poiner has resigned from his role as the Independent Chair of the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre to take up this important position and replaces the dual Chairperson and CEO Dr Russell Reichelt, whose term is concluding.
I am grateful to Dr Russell Reichelt for his contribution to the Authority as Chairperson and CEO for the last 11 years.
Dr Reichelt is an outstanding scientist and marine park manager. He has successfully managed the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef Marine Park over a time of significant environmental challenges and has implemented many substantial measures to improve the management of this world famous icon.
Significant reforms for the Authority were announced in November 2017, in response to the independent governance review by Dr Wendy Craik AM.
The Government accepted all 24 recommendations to further strengthen the Authority and position it to best meet the significant challenges facing the Great Barrier Reef.
The legislative amendments that take effect today also strengthen the conflict of interest provisions in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975.