Why is there a Sustainable Ports Development Act 2015?

The Queensland Government is implementing 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 for generations to come.

The Sustainable Ports Development Act 2015 (Ports Act) establishes a legislative framework for the implementation of key port-related actions of Reef 2050 including:

  • protecting greenfield areas by restricting new port development in and adjoining the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA) to within current port limits, excluding both Commonwealth and state marine parks
  • restricting major capital dredging for the development of new or expansion of existing port facilities to within the regulated port limits of the priority ports of Gladstone, Hay Point/Mackay, Abbot Point and Townsville
  • prohibiting the sea-based disposal of material generated by port-related capital dredging into the GBRWHA.

In line with Reef 2050, the Ports Act mandates master plans for priority ports to optimise infrastructure and address operational, economic, environmental and community relationships, as well as supply chains and surrounding land uses.

The Ports Act provides for the protection of the GBRWHA through managing port-related development in and adjacent to the area, while also meeting the government's commitment to grow Queensland's economy, jobs and regions.

What about the Fitzroy Delta?

What does the legislation mean for the Great Barrier Reef?

What does the legislation mean for major bulk commodity ports near the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area?

What will master planning for priority ports achieve?

Who will be involved in the master planning process?

What will be the outcomes of port master planning?

Will I get to have a say in master planning?

What about the Port of Cairns?

Further information

  • Ministerial media release external link icon - 12 November 2015
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