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Page last updated on 16-09-2021.


The Port is responsible for the management of two Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Ports, the Port of Townsville and the Port of Lucinda.  Both ports operate under a broad range of legislative processes and significant environmental controls to ensure port operations are managed to a high level appropriate to our location close to a number of highly sensitive environmental areas.  The Port operates under an Environmental Management System (EMS) accredited to International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 14001:2015 and is committed to the protection of the environment and sustainable development. 

The companies (Port Customers) that operate within our ports must have relevant approvals and implement measures to comply with legislation and minimise their impacts on the air, the water and the land.  Port Customers undertake a range of sustainability, environmental and continual improvement initiatives on their sites in order to focus, plan and manage sound environmental stewardship and environmentally sustainable solutions.

The Environment and Planning Team at the Port play a key role in minimising emissions and potential impacts on the sensitive environments and the communities around the Port. We implement our day to day statutory planning obligations responsibly and plan for a sustainable future. As Great Barrier Reef Ports we will share our knowledge from our extensive monitoring and research programs and partner on strategic initiatives to improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef including taking action on climate change. 

Port is committed to the protection of the environment and sustainability of both our ports by:

  • Driving environmental excellence by minimising emissions from operations by working collaboratively with employees and Port Customers to strengthen our environmental management systems and showcase leading environmental practices within the Port.
  • Planning for a future that incorporates sustainability into our plans, codes and guidelines whilst meeting our statutory obligations.
  • Continuing to implement and share our long-term monitoring and research programs and partner on strategic initiatives to improve water quality in the region.
  • Analyse data on our current emissions and plan initiatives to reduce emissions to take action on climate change.

The Port consults with a number of stakeholder committees on a range of issues including our environmental performance, more details can be found here.


For any environment enquiries please contact:

Environment Team
p     (07) 4781 1500