The inaugural Board of the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation was formed at a meeting in Cairns yesterday (Tuesday October 4).
Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef is designed to engage the world to support positive action and address climate change through a focus on preserving the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.
Tourism Tropical North Queensland Chief Executive Officer Alex de Waal, who conceived the idea as a means of uniting science, conservation and tourism to work together to protect the Reef, was elected chair.
The Board members are James Cook University Vice-Chancellor Sandra Harding, Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Managing Director Sheriden Morris, Kleinhardt Business Consultants and Brokers Founder Cam Charlton and Great Barrier Reef Foundation Managing Director Anna Marsden.
“Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef is a global, social purpose community that will empower current and future generations with the knowledge, experience and ability to protect the Great Barrier Reef,” Mr de Waal said.
“Our first task as a board will be to engage a Chief Executive Officer to run the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.
“We will allocate the $1 million in Federal funding towards constructing a website to deliver the Citizens program and to develop a social media campaign for the launch in April next year.
Find out more and register your interest at citizensgbr.org
Pre-register at citizensgbr.org/take-action/ to show your support for the campaign and become a Citizen of the Great Barrier Reef.