Project Management

Gempearl currently manages vital projects within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Gempearl director, Col McKenzie, is the CEO of the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO) which is a not-for-profit
limited company, funded by marine industry members’ contributions.  AMPTO’s, role is to represent its members’ interests in all forums, and
further the development of best practice standards and operational procedures to present the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to the world.

As the CEO of AMPTO Col McKenzie is industry’s voice to government.  Col works closely with federal, state and local government departments,
to further AMPTO’s mission as stated above.  The marine tourism industry is of economic significance to the state of Queensland and is the biggest
employer in the Far Northern Region of Australia, second only to mining in value to the economy.  The industry spends approximately $17 million
on marketing, education and site stewardship.  This money is spent primarily in showcasing and protecting the GBR World Heritage Area.

Gempearl Project Management Services delivered to AMPTO include:

  • Financial Management
  • Industry Negotiations
  • Lobbying all levels of government
  • Media liaison
  • Development & implementation of marine industry standards and operational procedures
  • Development & implementation of work place health and safety


Crown of Thorns Starfish (CoTS) Control Program

The CoTS Programs are significant federal and state government funded projects.  The Crown of Thorns Starfish are placing Australia’s $1.5 billion
Marine Tourism Industry under threat as a result of increasing outbreaks of CoTS populations.

Gempearl has been and continues to manage the CoTS project over the last 12 years.  Through the introduction and delivery of high quality services
the project has resulted in a significant impact on CoTS’ numbers and an improvement in the health of the coral reef.

Gempearl Project Management Services delivered on the CoTS programme include:

  • Financial Management
  • Development and implementation of eradication training programme
  • Logistics and communication support for 2 research/eradication vessel
  • Maintenance and engineering support for vessels
  • Human resource management for 20 crew members
  • Data collection and distribution of data to research agencies and government bodies
  • Specimen (CoTS) collection and provision to universities and scientific organisations
  • Co-ordinating and hosting international scientists and media representatives for on-board observations
  • Media liaison
  • Lobbying industry and government

Read detailed information about the CoTS training programme.