The release of the draft Master Plan by the Queensland Government this week will guide future development whilst committing to sustainability and protecting environmental areas as set by the Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan (Reef 2050 Plan) and Sustainable Port Development Act 2015 (Ports Act). The master plan complements the existing regulatory framework.
Master planning aligns with other key port-related projects associated with the ongoing sustainable development of the port including the Port Expansion Project, Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor and the Townsville City Deal.
As Northern Australia’s largest general cargo port, the draft master plan recognises that the port is a major driver of economic growth as North Queensland’s primary freight, fuel, logistics, container, tourism and defence hub.
Handling more than 30 different commodities, the ports’ trade throughput is valued around $9 billion annually and volume nearly 8 million tonnes, last financial year.
Port of Townsville Chief Executive Officer Ranee Crosby said that as a one of four Queensland priority ports, the Port of Townsville is very pleased with the draft Master Plan.
“The draft Master Plan will guide future development whilst committing to sustainability and environmental marine areas as set by the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan.”
“The collaboration between Department of Transport and Main Roads, Townsville Port and Queensland Government reflect the priority of our general port and protecting the Great Barrier Reef.”
With more than ten years in planning and environmental approvals the $1.6 billion Port Expansion Project received full environmental approvals and funding from both State and Federal agencies in 2018. The project will involve channel upgrade, development of six new berths and reclamation area over 30 years.
Preliminary works have commenced on the $193 million Channel Upgrade Project which is stage one of the Port Expansion Project. The preliminary works include site preparation, earthworks and installation of site offices.
The Channel Upgrade project start date is planned for April 2019 when the rock wall construction begins. Completion of the Channel Upgrade is 2023.
The draft master plan sets the long term, strategic direction of the port, balancing economic growth until 2050 while providing for the protection of the Great Barrier Reef. Have your say by Monday 17 December. www.tmr.qld.gov.au/SustainablePorts-Townsville.