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Gladstone port master planning

The Queensland Government is leading a master planning process for the priority Port of Gladstone, working with the Gladstone Ports Corporation, the Gladstone Regional Council and other key stakeholders.

Master planning for the priority ports of Gladstone, Abbot Point, Hay Point/Mackay and Townsville is a port-related commitment of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan and mandated under the Sustainable Ports Development Act 2015 (Ports Act).

The Port of Gladstone is a major bulk commodity port critical to Queensland's economy. In 2015-16 financial year, the priority Port of Gladstone had a total throughput of 115.9 million tonnes, with over 1800 vessels visiting the port.

Proposed master planned area

As part of master planning, a proposed boundary for the priority Port of Gladstone master planned area has been identified by the Queensland Government, in consultation with Gladstone Ports Corporation and other key stakeholders.

The proposed boundary encompasses strategic port land, the Gladstone State Development Area, land covered by the Gladstone Regional Council planning scheme and marine areas. The master planned area is significant to the future development of the port and associated industry sectors.

The proposed boundary for the master planned area does not include the Port of Rockhampton (Port Alma), the Fitzroy Delta, Keppel Bay or North Curtis Island and the Queensland Government remains committed to protecting these areas.

Public consultation was conducted on the proposed boundary from 9 June 2015 to 20 July 2015. Submissions received during the public consultation have informed a review of the proposed boundary.

The proposed boundary will continue to be reviewed during the preparation of the draft master plan. The boundary for the priority Port of Gladstone master planned area will be finalised once the master plan has been approved.

Next steps

Currently a draft master plan is being prepared by the department in consultation with the port authority, local government, state agencies, industry and other key stakeholders.

To support the process, the department is developing an evidence base and associated studies working with relevant stakeholders. The evidence base and associated studies will include information on the economic, environmental, community and cultural aspects of the proposed master planned area.

The draft master plan for the priority Port of Gladstone, which will include a proposed master planned area, will be released for public comment in accordance with the Ports Act.

Master planning for the priority Port of Townsville has formally commenced with a notice of proposal issued in February 2017. Preliminary master planning processes for the priority ports of Abbot Point and Hay Point/Mackay are underway.

Further information

  • Ministerial media release - 12 November 2015
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