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Planning

The Ports of Townsville and Lucinda are located on strategic port land. Under the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994 the Ports of Townsville and Lucinda have Land Use Plans that set out the types of land uses that are permitted. The Port has a statutory planning function under the Planning Act 2016 to handle all applications for works or development approvals on strategic port land. Works on strategic port land require Land Owner Consent from the Corporation.

If you have any planning queries, please contact Port’s planner at planning@townsville-port.com.au

Port of Lucinda Land Use Plan

The Port has commenced the preparation of a new Land Use Plan for the Port of Lucinda. As part of this process, the Port has developed a Statement of Proposal document as the initial step in this process. The Statement of Proposal is primarily a consultation tool that provides the opportunity for the community to gain a clear understanding of the major issues and challenges within and surrounding the Port area. The public notification of the Statement of Proposal allows individuals, organisations and companies to make a meaningful contribution towards determining how the Land Use Plan will respond to those issues and challenges.

The Statement of Proposal is available for review and comment by the community and other stakeholders from 20 January 2021. A copy of the Statement of Proposal is available here for your review and comment.

All submissions made in response to the Statement of Proposal received during the consultation period will be considered by the Port before commencing preparation of the draft Land Use Plan. Once the draft Land Use Plan has been prepared this will be publicly advertised and further consultation undertaken.

All comments should be directed to:

Manager Environment and Planning
Port of Townsville Limited
PO Box 1031
TOWNSVILLE QLD 4810

P: 07 4781 1500
E: planning@townsville-port.com.au

Any written submission or comment on the Statement of Proposal must:

  • be written and, signed by each person who is making the submission;
  • include the full name and address of each person who made the submission;
  • clearly outline the concerns, support or comments being made on the Statement of Proposal; and
  • be received by the Port no later than 5:00pm on 18 March 2021.

Priority Port of Townsville Master Plan

The Queensland Government has released the final Master Plan for the priority Port of Townsville (Master Plan), as required under the Sustainable Ports Development Act 2015 (Ports Act).

The final Master Plan sets out the long-term plan for the sustainable development of the priority Port of Townsville until the year 2050, balancing economic growth for the region whilst also providing for the protection of the Great Barrier Reef. It also recognises the Port of Townsville is critical to the economic future of the region and established a foundation for economic activity generated by port industries and long-term investment for the region. Under the Ports Act, the port overlay is the regulatory instrument that implements the Master Plan to guide future development to achieve the long-term vision of the Master Plan.

Master planning for the priority Port of Townsville was a collaborative process undertaken by Department of Transport and Main Roads with the Port, Townsville City Council, state and federal agencies, and other key stakeholders in accordance with the Ports Act.

The Master Plan is a strategic document that has a long-term outlook for the sustainable development of the port through to 2050. Long-term master planning provides a strategic and coordinated approach to managing port-related development and considers issues including marine and land-based impacts, port and supply chain infrastructure optimisation. This plan aligns with key projects associated with the ongoing sustainable development of the Port. These include the Channel Upgrade project, Townsville City Deal, the proposed Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor and supporting mineral freight exports from the North West Minerals Province. 

The priority Port of Townsville Master Plan includes a master planned area which encompasses a total area of about 16,500 hectares. The master planned area includes land and marine areas required for the efficient development and operation of the port. The inclusion of land and marine areas supports the management of potential impacts on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and other environmental values that may occur as a result of port development and operations.

The master planned area includes strategic port land under the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994 and:

  • land within the Townsville State Development Area
  • land within the Townsville City Waterfront Priority Development Area
  • land within the Townsville City Council local government area
  • marine areas within port limits but outside State and Commonwealth marine parks.

Where possible, the boundary of the master planned area has been established to avoid areas that contain significant environmental values. Seven precincts within the master planned area outline the long-term intent for specific areas. The precinct approach supports cumulative impact management within the master planned area by identifying areas with environmental values where development should be limited, as well as separate areas that may be suitable for infrastructure and port-related development.

The Port overlay for the priority Port of Townsville is the regulatory instrument that implements the Master Plan for the master planned area. It provides requirements for land use planning and development decisions in the master planned area. The port overlay operates alongside existing planning instruments and only regulates development in the master planned area if additional requirements are necessary to implement the Master Plan. It has effect from 1 February 2021.


Useful Planning Links

Below is a list of helpful planning documents. 

Port Notice permits required for certain activities can be found here.

Cruise Schedule

A Federal Government restriction is current for all international cruise ships entering into Australian waters until 17 March, 2021.