Since its establishment in 1864, the Port of Townsville has served the people and industries of Northern Queensland and has been a major driver in creating jobs and economic growth which are essential ingredients for a vibrant community. Over 150 years, the Port footprint has grown from the upper reaches of Ross Creek into the inner harbour and beyond.
Today, the Port of Townsville has released its vision for the next 30 years, charting a course for the delivery of sustainable prosperity as Australia’s Port for the Future.
Port Vision 2050 is a 30-year sustainability plan for Australia’s largest copper, lead, zinc, sugar and live cattle port. The 12 strategic objectives and 27 initiatives across four priority areas of planet, community, people and prosperity capture the Port's long-term vision and sets a clear roadmap for how to get there. This includes the specific actions the Port will take over the next five years to achieve its goals.
Among the 30-year goals are:
- becoming climate-positive, climate-ready port, planting an additional million trees and halving baseline emissions
- transforming 10 hectares of land along Ross Creek into vibrant waterfront destinations,
- supporting $5 million in local community projects through a newly established Port Community Fund; and
- delivering the $1.6 billion port expansion in line with trade needs and facilitating more than $700 billion in economic value for Northern Australia
Port of Townsville Chief Executive Officer Ranee Crosby said Port Vision 2050 upholds the Port’s long and proud tradition of servicing and strengthening communities and economic prosperity of Northern Queensland.
“We exist to create prosperity for our communities and value for our customers and shareholders through worldleading sustainable operations. Looking forward to 2050, we will be more than 180 years old. To continue to serve our communities, grow the trades and services of the future and ensure strategic defence and cruise capability for the future, our Ports will require expansion and modernisation. As we grow, we have a sharp focus on ensuring our developments and operations protect and improve our surrounding environment and the lives of our communities” said Ms Crosby.
“Port Vision 2050 reaffirms our commitment to protect and improve our environment and the lives of our communities.
“We will also capitalise on the digital transformation and technological changes that are rapidly unfolding, becoming as Smart Port of Choice for customers and an Employer of Choice where people can thrive.
“Our plan will take commitment, investment, innovation, partnership and urgent action. We are confident our journey is the right one for the planet, our people, the communities we serve, and for the prosperity of our region.”
Port Vision 2050 has been developed with insight collected through a comprehensive materiality assessment and aligned to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
More information can be found on www.townsvilleport2050.com.au