Master Plan focuses on economic growth while protecting the Reef

5 November 2019

The Port of Townsville Master Plan has been released setting out the sustainable development of port activities, operations and management while protecting the Great Barrier Reef.

Sustainable planning includes the delivery of optimised port operations, economic growth and preservation of the environment.

The Port of Townsville is one of four priority ports recognised as fundamental to the economic future growth of the region.

Undertaking port master planning for priority ports is a Queensland Government port‐related action of the Reef 2050 Long‐Term Sustainability Plan.

The final Master Plan for the Port of Townsville has been prepared by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) in collaboration with Townsville Port, Townsville City Council, state agencies and other key stakeholders, including environmental and community groups.

Port of Townsville Chief Executive Officer Ranee Crosby said that finalisation of the Master Plan is the result of long-term planning, consultation and environmental stewardship at Townsville Port.

“We are acutely aware of our location, in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, and undertake a comprehensive range of environmental programs to ensure we continue to protect the environmental values of Cleveland Bay and surrounding areas.”

“As the trade gateway for the North West Minerals Province, and the largest general cargo and container port in northern Australia, the Master Plan articulates our commitment to responsible stewardship of Port lands and waters.”

Master planning aligns with other key port-related projects associated with the ongoing sustainable development of the port including the Port Expansion Project – Channel Upgrade Project, Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor and the Townsville City Deal.

The Master Plan will be implemented by a port overlay - a regulatory document which implements the Master Plan that is given effect through existing development assessment and strategic planning processes undertaken by the Port, Townsville City Council and the Queensland Government.

The draft port overlay is open for public consultation from 4 November to 16 December 2019. Further information and fact sheets on the Master Plan and draft port overlay are available on the Department of Transport and Main Roads website