Gladstone Port Master Plan Open for Comment
08 June: Public consultation begins this week on an initiative that will drive economic development in and around Gladstone’s port and protect the Great Barrier Reef.
State Development Minister Anthony Lynham today announced public consultation on a proposed boundary for a master planned area for the Port of Gladstone – a key element in the joint Commonwealth-State government plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef.
“The master plan will set a clear direction for the future for Queensland’s second busiest port and help protect the Reef,” Dr Lynham said.
“It will help make Gladstone’s port precinct a more attractive development option, giving potential investors greater certainty about infrastructure essentials like transport and utilities corridors.
“The master planning process that begins this week in Gladstone is an important step towards achieving growth for Gladstone and protecting the future of the Reef.”
Master planning at priority ports of Gladstone, Abbot Point near Bowen, Hay Point / Mackay, and Townsville is part of the Queensland Government commitment to the Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan. Dr Lynham introduced legislation into Parliament last week that will establish master planning for the four priority ports.
Dr Lynham, who is also the Natural Resources and Mines Minister, said the Queensland economy relied on ports, particularly the major bulk commodity exporting ports adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
“Port master planning considers marine and land-based impacts, port and supply chain capacity and connectivity, and environmental and community values.
“Port master planning for the four Queensland priority ports, including Gladstone, will help better manage impacts of port operations and port development on adjacent land and marine areas.
“This shows how the government can balance economic growth and job creation, environmental values and community interests,” he said.
“Through master planning we will better manage areas needed for the effective operations and development of the port including road, rail, electricity and gas pipeline corridors now and for the long term, while protecting community and environmentally-sensitive areas.”
Gladstone had a throughput of more than 97 million tonnes in 2013-14, making it Queensland’s second busiest port after coal export port, Hay Point near Mackay. Cargo loaded at Gladstone includes coal, mineral and petroleum products.
The proposed Gladstone master-planned area encompasses a total area of about 88,000 hectares and includes 4321 hectares of land controlled by the Port of Gladstone, 29,000 hectares of the Gladstone State Development Area, and marine components within the port limits.
Dr Lynham said the marine components would not include the Port of Rockhampton (Port Alma), the Fitzroy Delta, Keppel Bay or North Curtis Island.
“It’s part of our commitment to protecting the reef to exclude these areas from priority port development,” he said.
Public comments on the proposed boundary are open until 20 July 2015. Comments will be incorporated into a draft port master plan that will be issued for public comment later this year.
For more information about the boundary and how to make a submission visitwww.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/sustainableports
Master planning starts for Abbot Point later this year, and next year for Hay Point/Mackay and Townsville.