Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan

The Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan (Reef 2050) is the most comprehensive plan ever developed to secure the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef.

Developed in partnership by the Australian and Queensland governments, the plan's vision is:

To ensure the Great Barrier Reef continues to improve on its Outstanding Universal Value every decade between now and 2050 to be a natural wonder for each successive generation to come.

Under Reef 2050, the Queensland Government is implementing a number of key port-related actions and commitments to meet a range of outcomes for the reef.

The Sustainable Ports Development Act 2015 (Ports Act) is the legislative mechanism for the implementation of a number of these actions and commitments.

Key port-related actions of Reef 2050 and their implementation mechanism are outlined below.

Action Implementation
Protect greenfield areas by restricting new port development in and adjoining the GBRWHA to within current port limits. These port limits are long-established and fixed in regulations under the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994 (Qld) (EHA21) Ports Act
Ensure Great Barrier Reef ports planning incorporates evidence-based measures to support protection, restoration and management of coastal ecosystems that contribute to Reef health and resilience (priority port master planning) (EHA25) Priority port master planning
Restrict capital dredging for the development of new or expansion of existing port facilities to within the regulated port limits of Gladstone, Hay Point–Mackay, Abbot Point and Townsville (WQA14) Ports Act
In 2015 legislate to ban sea-based disposal of capital dredge material in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and in the balance of the GBRWHA from port-related capital dredging (WQA18) Ports Act
Mandate the beneficial reuse of port-related capital dredge spoil, such as land reclamation in port development areas, or disposal on land where it is environmentally safe to do so. (WQA19) Ports Act
Introduce a guideline for port master planning for the ports of Gladstone, Hay Point/Mackay, Abbot Point and Townsville that optimises infrastructure and considers operational, economic, environmental and social relationships as well as supply chains and surrounding land uses (EBA3) Completed
Adopt the best practice principles identified in the Gladstone Independent Review reports and integrate into port planning and development (EBA4) Priority port master planning