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.
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 in February 2017 to the port authority and the local government to formally commence master planning for the priority Port of Townsville.
The evidence base for master planning is currently being prepared in consultation with key stakeholders and will support the future preparation of the draft master plan and draft port overlay.
The evidence base assesses land and marine areas critical to the priority port's sustainable development, its economic opportunities and relevant environmental and cultural heritage values.