Independent chair appointed to lead Maroochy River Estuary Consultation Group

Independent chair appointed to lead Maroochy River Estuary Consultation Group

Sunshine Coast residents will soon have their chance to share their views on the proposed options for the renewal of the groyne field at the mouth of the Maroochy River.

Feedback from local surf clubs, environmental groups and Indigenous community representatives along with State Government agencies, the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce, the University of the Sunshine Coast and Surf Life Saving Queensland will be provided through the establishment of the Maroochy River Estuary Consultation Group (MRECG).

Mayor Mark Jamieson announced that the committee would be independently chaired by Professor John Martin, Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University.

“Professor Martin comes to the role with considerable knowledge of the local environment and has a degree in ecology and natural resource management and sociology and a PhD in public policy,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Professor Martin has extensive experience working with local governments across Australia, including the former Caloundra and Maroochy councils, and has worked with all levels of government on major projects for more than 40 years.

“His experience also includes working as a Director of La Trobe University’s Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities, so he has a keen appreciation of the need to balance the environmental, economic, cultural and social values associated with the Maroochy River entrance.”

Mayor Jamieson said Professor Martin’s experience made him an ideal candidate to head up the consultation group.

Professor Martin’s first task is as part of a three-member panel to assess the expressions of interest for a number of positions on the consultation group.

This process is expected to be completed in a matter of weeks.

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