Declared in 2008, the 16,885-hectare Abbot Point State Development Area (SDA) is located approximately 20 kilometres north-west of Bowen, in North Queensland.
The Abbot Point SDA offers the ideal location for industrial and port-related development that requires a large footprint, proximity to a port and separation from sensitive receptors.
The Abbot Point SDA was established to facilitate large-scale industrial and port-related development of regional, state and national significance.
Adjacent to the Abbot Point SDA is the Port of Abbot Point; one of Queensland's priority ports. The Port of Abbot Point currently has a coal export capacity of 50 million tonnes per annum. It comprises rail in-loading facilities, coal handling and stockpiling areas and a single trestle jetty and conveyor connecting to two offshore berths and two ship-loaders which are located 2.8km offshore.
Industries considered suitable for the Abbot Point SDA include:
- large-scale, value-adding industrial development
- bulk mineral resource unloading and stockpiling facilities
- mineral processing
- integrated steel mill
- liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility
- fuel storage and associated infrastructure
- extractive industries.
Benefits of the Abbot Point SDA
The Abbot Point SDA provides many benefits to business and industry seeking to invest in Queensland including:
- close proximity to the Port of Abbot Point
- easy access to rail and roads, including the Bruce Highway
- considerable distance from urban areas
- greater planning and development certainty for project proponents
- fast-tracking economic development through efficient processing of applications and requests
- best practice land-use planning and management – ensuring land and infrastructure assets remain attractive to existing occupants and potential investors
- some of the land within the SDA is within state ownership (owned by either the Coordinator-General or the Minister for Economic Development Queensland)
- access to a diverse skilled workforce within the town of Bowen, located directly south-east of the SDA
- concentration of industrial development in selected areas, thereby minimising or avoiding:
- environmental impacts
- loss of amenity
- infrastructure duplications
- transport conflicts.
Managed by the Coordinator-General, the Abbot Point SDA supports enterprise and job creation in a way that considers environmental, cultural, and social issues as well as existing industry and surrounding infrastructure within the region.
The Abbot Point SDA development scheme
The Abbot Point SDA maps and targeted land-use precincts