Oversight Committees

Three committees provide governance oversight of the Channel Upgrade project capital dredge program. These committees are:

The Independent Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) 

This committee:

  • Provides technical and scientific advice/input on the development of the monitoring programs, management plans and other mitigation strategies;
  • Ensures independent oversight of the monitoring programs during the capital dredge campaign; and
  • Reviews reports on monitoring programs and the environmental impacts of the Channel Upgrade project.

The Capital Dredging Implementation Committee (CDIC)

This committee will oversee the operational and logistical aspects of the capital dredge program.

The Compliance Regulatory Oversight Committee (CROC)

This committee will review and approve plans that are required by approval conditions. It also provides regulatory advice as well as overseeing compliance with the approval conditions and the environment monitoring programs during capital dredging.

More about ITAC:

The ITAC members have diverse technical backgrounds and all are recognised in their fields of expertise.
The ITAC is appointed, organised and supported by the Port of Townsville but Its deliberations and conclusions, however, are independent.
The ITAC is comprised of an Independent Chair and technical / scientific specialists in the following fields: 
    • Marine water quality
    • Coral ecosystems
    • Seagrass ecosystems
    • Marine megafauna
    • Coastal hydrodynamics
    • Dredging operations
    • Sediment transportation

To ensure that any assessment process under the legislation is separate to any advice, engagement or review undertaken by the ITAC, no government representatives sit on this committee. The ITAC will, however, provide advice and input to the CROC as required.

Members of ITAC

ITAC member

Role / specialist area


Dr Brett Kettle


Babel-sbf Pty Ltd

Prof Helene Marsh

Marine megafauna

James Cook University (JCU)

Dr Ross Jones

Coral reef ecosystems / water quality

Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)

Dr Michael Rasheed


JCU /TropWater

Dr Richard Brinkman

Coastal hydrodynamics / sediment 

Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)

Mr Tom Atkins


AW Maritime


Attending an ITAC meeting

With the approval of the Independent Chair, community members are able to attend ITAC meetings as observers.

Observers may attend ITAC meetings by submitting a request to the Independent Chair via the online form below.  Observers may attend either as individuals or on behalf of an organisation. Anyone requesting an invitation to attend an ITAC meeting must agree to the terms and conditions of attendance.

Next ITAC update meeting - 8 June 2021

The Independent Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) will next meet to discuss the Channel Upgrade project in June 2021. A public update will be held online and in person on Wednesday, 9 June 2021 from 1.30pm to 3pm.

To register your interest, please complete the online form below.

Observer to ITAC Meeting

Register your interest in attending the next ITAC meeting for the Channel Upgrade project


Contact Number:


Will you be attending:
In person
Select your interest in the Channel Upgrade project
Marine Water Monitoring
Air Monitoring
Marine Flora
Marine Fauna
Environmental Offset

Who will you be representing

Questions may be submitted to the ITAC using the form below. Questions submitted prior to the meeting will be addressed as a priority. Questions may be invited during the meeting at the discretion of the Independent Chair.

Terms and Conditions for Observers at ITAC Meetings
I have read and accepted the following terms and conditions
• Observers may participate in ITAC meeting discussions only at the invitation of the Independent Chair. • Observers will follow the direction of the Independent Chair during any ITAC meetings. • Attendees will adhere to normal meeting protocols • Members of the public may make written or verbal submissions to the ITAC if invited to do so by the Independent Chair.

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