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Project overview*

EIS status EIS active
Description Upgrades at the Port of Cairns to improve access for larger shipping, including cruise ships
Proponent Far North Queensland Ports Corporation Ltd (trading as Ports North)
Location/s Port of Cairns. Map
Local government/s Cairns Regional Council
Investment Not available
Key features
  • dredging to widen, deepen and lengthen the existing outer shipping channel (Trinity Inlet)
  • widening and deepening of the existing inner harbour channel and Crystal Swing Basin
  • establishment of a new shipping swing basin (Smith's Creek Swing Basin) to enable future expansion of the HMAS Cairns Navy base
  • placement of material from capital dredging and future channel maintenance dredging at a new placement site
  • upgrade of the existing cruise shipping wharves (Trinity wharves 1 to 5)
  • relocation and installation of new navigational aids.
  • 100 (construction)

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

Date Activity
Currently Revised draft EIS being prepared by proponent.
18 December 2015 Coordinator-General amended the project declaration lapse date from 31 March 2016 to 30 June 2017.
28 July 2015 Revised draft EIS requested by Coordinator-General.
29 June 2015 Coordinator-General extended the coordinated project declaration lapse date to 31 March 2016.
18 April 2015 to 1 June 2015 Draft EIS public consultation
10 September 2014 Coordinator-General extended the coordinated project declaration lapse date to 30 June 2015.
30 November 2012 Final terms of reference for EIS (PDF icon 495 KB) issued.
4 October 2012 Commonwealth Minister for the Environment decided the project is a 'controlled action'. More information
29 September 2012 to
29 October 2012
Draft terms of reference for EIS public consultation.
24 September 2012 Gazettal of 'coordinated project' declaration (PDF icon 117 KB)
6 September 2012 Project referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.
3 September 2012 Application, including initial advice statement (PDF icon 2.5 MB), submitted.

Read more about the EIS process.

Further information

For more information, visit the Ports North website.