Project overview*

EIS status EIS active
Description Duplication of the existing Gatcombe and Golding Cutting shipping channels to allow for improved two-way passage by deepening and widening the existing channels. This will allow passage for larger vessels under all weather and tidal conditions.
Proponent Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited
Location/s Port of Gladstone. Map
Local government/s Gladstone Regional Council
Investment $760 million
Key features
  • dredging works to deepen and widen the existing channels to a depth of approximately 16.1 m and a width of 200 m. The channels will have a total length of approximately 15 km
  • construction of bund walls to create a Western Basin Expansion reclamation area and a barge unloading facility adjacent to the existing Western Basin reclamation area
  • dredging a 2.3 km long barge access channel to allow barges to transport dredged material from the duplicate channels to the barge unloading facility
  • dredging a total of 12.85 million cubic metres (Mm3) of seabed material (including 12.6 Mm3 from the duplicate channels and 0.25 Mm3 from the barge access channel)
  • placement of dredged material within the proposed Western Basin Expansion and the existing Western Basin reclamation areas (for beneficial reuse)
  • removal, relocation and installation of new navigational aids for the duplicated channels.
  • 386 (construction)
  • 23 (operational)

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Have your say

Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Port of Gladstone Gatcombe and Golding Cutting Channel Duplication Project.

The Coordinator-General has released the draft EIS for public and government agency comment.

You are invited to comment on the draft EIS, including the project’s potential environmental impacts and the effectiveness of measures proposed to manage those impacts.

The Coordinator-General will consider your submission as part of his evaluation of the project’s environmental impacts.

Submissions close at 5 pm on 23 May 2019.

Read and make a submission on the draft EIS.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

Date Activity
8 April 2019 to 23 May 2019 Draft EIS public consultation:
26 September 2018 Coordinator-General extended the project declaration lapse date to 30 September 2019.
22 September 2017 Coordinator-General extended the project declaration lapse date to 28 September 2018.
23 May 2016 Coordinator-General extended the project declaration lapse date to 30 September 2017.
2 December 2014 Coordinator-General extended the project declaration lapse date to 8 June 2016.
8 December 2012 Terms of reference for EIS (PDF icon 532 KB) released.
23 October 2012 Project deemed a 'controlled action' by Commonwealth Minister for the Environment. More information
6 October 2012 to
5 November 2012
Draft terms of reference for EIS public consultation.
26 September 2012 Project referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.
25 September 2012 Gazettal of 'coordinated project' declaration (PDF icon 119 KB)
21 September 2012 Application, including initial advice statement (PDF icon 3 MB), submitted.

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Further information

For more information, visit the Gladstone Ports Corporation website.