Long Term Maintenance Dredging

Management Plan

Port of Townsville Limited is responsible for the management of two World Heritage Ports, the Port of Townsville and the Port of Lucinda. Both ports operated under significant environmental controls under a broad range of legislative processes to ensure port operations are managed to a high level and appropriately given their location in highly sensitive areas.

A long-term maintenance dredging management plan has been drafted in accordance with both the state and federal frameworks and outlines the ports management approach and framework for continual improvement in environmental performance for maintenance dredging.

This document:

  • Recognises the Outstanding Universal Value of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Incorporates the best available science
  • Incorporates the principles of ecologically sustainable development and,
  • Aims to implement best practice efficient operation of both ports.

This plan has also considered and incorporated the Port’s Australia code of practice and takes into consideration a range of research and monitoring undertaken by Queensland Ports Association under Reef 2050.

Both Townsville and Lucinda ports have been captured within this document as it is a requirement that all world heritage ports are to have a Long-Term Maintenance Dredge Management Plan (LTMDMP). However it is important to note that no maintenance dredging is undertaken at the port of Lucinda nor is this expected to change.

The LTMDMP is an important document that captures all aspects associated with dredging and the placement of dredge material on either land or sea. It is important that this plan is developed in consultation with a broad range of stakeholders and available to the public for the life of the document. In addition to direct engagement with a range of key experts and government representatives, the port is seeking input on this plan from the community.

This document will be used as a supporting document for future dredging and placement applications to the relevant State or Federal regulators.

Public consultation period is now open 

We are currently seeking feedback on the ports' Long-Term Maintenance Dredge Management Plan for the ports of Townsville and Lucinda. To assist us compile feedback please use the submission form and email all submissions to  by 5pm Wednesday 12th December.  Submissions received outside of this period, or not on the submission form may be unable to be incorporated into this version of the LTMDMP.

Download     Full Long Term Maintenance Dredging Management Plan (PDF)

Download     Submission Form