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The Queensland Government is committed to sustainable port development and the long-term protection of the Great Barrier Reef.

In accordance with the Sustainable Ports Development Act 2015, which commenced on 20 November 2015, the Queensland Government is advancing master planning for the priority ports of Gladstone, Abbot Point, Townsville and Hay Point/Mackay.

Priority ports represent the state's major regional bulk-commodity ports operating in or adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and are critical economic hubs for Queensland.

Priority port master planning is a state government port-related commitment of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan (Reef 2050), the most comprehensive plan ever developed to secure the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef.