The Marine Park Authority of the Great Barrier Reef has its new chairman as Dr. Ing. Ian Poiner – who has been leading another organization at the center of a government crisis that devoured authority.
Key Points:  Ian Poiner is currently Chair of the Reef and Rainforest Research Center (RRRC)
The agency recently lost a board member after the ABC revealed that it had a number of potential conflicts of interest, including with the Reef and Rainforest Research Center (RRRC)
Dr. Poiner Comes Directly from His Position as Chief Executive Officer of the RRRC
The RRRC is a company that manages funds for environmental research and protection, with a lot of that money through the Marine Park Authority of the Great Barrier Reef.
Dr. Poiner had a remarkable career, previously head of the Integrated Marine Observing System and was the CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science.
He has also conducted research papers on a number of relevant topics, including tropical marine ecology.
In a statement, Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price Poiner said he would "make a significant contribution to the continued health and resilience of the reef" [1
The appointment was first announced in a RRRC press release on Sunday afternoon, before a planned ministerial announcement was made.
Within hours, the release was "officially canceled until further notice".
Spending Around RRRC and Marine Park A uthority
The news comes just weeks after the Marine Park Authority of the Great Barrier Reef lost one of its board members, Margie McKenzie, after the ABC revealed that they had serious potential conflicts of interest
Of potential conflicts of interest, her husband Col McKenzie's position was on the board of the RRRC, which receives millions of dollars from the Coral Eatening Coroner's Authority.
Col and Margie McKenzie personally benefited from this funding by joining a company that was hired as a subcontractor.
The ABC also revealed that the RRRC has changed a scientific assessment of its starfish killing program against the direct demands of the author of the report. before it was passed to the government.
There is no indication that Dr. Poiner was aware of the change in the report.
The Crown of Thorns starfish is one of the greatest threats to the Great Barrier Reef. (Flickr: Ryan McMinds)
The Marine Park Authority made it clear that the appointment of the new chairman was part of a program designed to strengthen the organization's leadership, in the information it had published in promoting the position  "The new governance model requires the development of a comprehensive board charter that covers such topics as board values, operational records, conflict of interest management and a new performance monitoring process," said Ariane Wilkinson, a lawyer for Environmental Justice Australia the appointment raises some questions and calls for an investigation into the performance of the RRRC.
"There are serious questions that need to be answered by the RRRC, including questions about the administration of the Crown of Thorns program, about the appropriate use of millions of taxpayer funds and transparency with GBRMPA on the impact of the RRRC program," she said.
"The statutory role of the Authority (19659008)" GBRMPA should request an independent review of the performance of the RRRC to properly fulfill its role.
"To avoid real or perceived damage Conflicts of interest, Dr. Poiner, the new chairman of the agency, must disqualify from participating in any deliberations on RRRC."
& # 39; Great Challenges for the Great Barrier Reef & # 39;
In its first press release, the RRRC described Dr Pointer's new role as "challenging."
A quote attributed to RRRC Director Sherid Morris said, "The Great Barrier Reef is facing major challenges, such as climate change, bad Water quality and other human-induced impacts.
"Ian will deepen his understanding of the reef and the communities that depend on them to meet these challenges [sic]."
Dr. Poiner did not respond to questions about the appointment
But I In response to earlier questions, Dr. Poiner told the ABC that he believes he has fully fulfilled his duties as chairman of the RRRC board and that all potential conflicts of interest (COI) are in line with policy
RRRC adheres to its COI policies and procedures, "he said. "Once the financial interest has been declared, the policies and procedures of the RRRC COI will be applied."
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