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Master planning for priority ports

The Queensland Government is leading master planning for the priority ports of Gladstone, Abbot Point, Townsville and Hay Point/Mackay.

Master planning for priority ports is a port-related action of Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan (Reef 2050) and mandated under the Sustainable Ports Development Act 2015 (Ports Act).

Objectives

Master planning processes for the priority ports will ensure:

  • the Outstanding Universal Value of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area is an intrinsic consideration in future port development, management and governance
  • optimisation of the use of infrastructure at the long-established major ports
  • transparent decision making
  • meaningful engagement with stakeholders.

Historically, planning for Queensland's ports has focussed on land uses within the bounds of strategic port land.

In an Australian first, priority port master planning will require consideration of issues beyond strategic port land including supply chain capacity and connectivity, potential impacts on marine and land-based environments and community values within and surrounding the master planned area.

The objective is to optimise the use of infrastructure and address operational, economic, environmental and community relationships, as well as supply chains and surrounding land uses.

Through mandatory priority port master planning Queensland will:

  • set the standard for port master planning, being the first state to coordinate planning and sustainable port development beyond the port boundary
  • be the first state to require consultation with stakeholders and the community on the future direction of priority ports
  • protect areas for future essentials that a growing port will require, such as shipping channels, swing basins and berth pockets, as well as land corridors for roads, rail lines, gas and water pipelines and power lines.

Priority port master planning will support the sustainable development of critical economic infrastructure, the state's priority ports, in a way that will balance growth, job creation, environmental values and community interests.

Priority port master planning process

The master planning process is illustrated in the diagram below. Click each stage to view more information.

Notice of proposal Evidence base Master plan Port overlay Review

View the detailed master planning process (PDF icon 43 KB).

Consultation

The Queensland Government is leading priority port master planning working closely with port authorities, local governments and other key stakeholders. Public consultation will be conducted as an important part of the priority port master planning process.

Timing

Master planning timeframes will depend on the nature of each priority port.

Each priority port master plan will have a long-term outlook to 2050, coinciding with the outlook of Reef 2050.

A review of each priority port master plan must be undertaken at a minimum of every 10 years.

Master planning for the priority Port of Gladstone is advancing. On 28 August 2017 a draft master plan was released for public consultation. Submissions close 9 October 2017.

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

Further information

Have your say on the draft master plan for the priority Port of Gladstone.

Submissions close 9 October 2017.