The Queensland Government is leading a master planning process for the priority Port of Townsville, working with the Port of Townsville Limited, the Townsville City Council and other key stakeholders.
Port master planning for the priority ports of Gladstone, Abbot Point, Townsville and Hay Point/Mackay is a port-related commitment of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan and mandated under the Sustainable Ports Development Act 2015 (Ports Act).
The Port of Townsville is a critical northern gateway for the state’s trade and investment handling more than $11 billion in trade in 2014-15 and leading Australia in exporting copper, zinc, lead and sugar.
Notice of proposal
In accordance with the Ports Act the state government has issued a notice of proposal to the port authority and the local government to formally commence master planning for the priority Port of Townsville.
The next step of the process will be to develop an evidence base for master planning. The evidence base will consider land and marine precincts surrounding the priority port, its economic development opportunities and relevant environmental and cultural heritage aspects.
The evidence base preparation will engage the port authority, the local government, state agencies and other key stakeholders and support the development of a draft master plan which is expected to be issued for public consultation in late 2017.