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Townsville Port Expansion Project

Project overview*

EIS statusApproved with conditions
DescriptionExpansion of the Port of Townsville to accommodate forecast growth in trade at the port and address current capacity constraints.
ProponentPort of Townsville Ltd
Location/sPort of Townsville. Map
Local government/sTownsville City Council
Investment$1.64 billion
Key features
  • capital dredging of 11.48 million cubic metres of sediment to widen and deepen the Sea and Platypus Channels and an expanded harbour basin
  • establishing a 152 hectare reclamation area
  • construction of 4 km of rock revetments and a 700 m western breakwater (subject to need)
  • construction of six new berths.
  • 174 (construction)
  • 180 (operational)

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

5 February 2018Commonwealth Minister for the Environment's approval of 'controlled action', subject to conditions.
29 September 2017Coordinator-General's evaluation report on final EIS (PDF icon 3.4 MB) released.
8 October 2016 to 7 November 2016Additional information to the EIS (AEIS) public consultation
30 July 2013Additional information to the EIS requested by Coordinator-General.
23 March 2013 to
13 May 2013
EIS public consultation
16 February 2012Terms of reference for EIS (PDF icon 860 KB) released.
29 October 2011 to
25 November 2011
Draft terms of reference for EIS public consultation.
1 July 2011Project deemed a 'controlled action' by Commonwealth Minister for the Environment. More information
26 May 2011Project referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.
23 May 2011Gazettal of 'coordinated project' declaration (PDF icon 84 KB)
20 April 2011Application, including initial advice statement (PDF icon 2.54 MB), submitted.

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Last updated: 19 Jul 2023