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Master planning for the priority Port of Gladstone

Port of Gladstone
Auckland Point Terminal, Gladstone. Photo courtesy Gladstone Ports Corporation. 

The Queensland Government is leading master planning for the priority Port of Gladstone in accordance with the Sustainable Ports Development Act 2015 (Ports Act) and the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan (Reef 2050 Plan).

About the port

The priority Port of Gladstone is Queensland's largest multi-commodity port, handling more than 30 different products including the export of coal, alumina, cement, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), petroleum and grain. It also supports cruise shipping and the tourism industry.  

In 2017–18, the priority Port of Gladstone had a total throughput of 119.4 million tonnes.

Read more about the priority Port of Gladstone

Master plan

On Monday 5 November, the master plan and master planned area for the priority Port of Gladstone was released. Gladstone is the first priority port to have a master plan prepared and finalised. 

The master plan for the Port of Gladstone looks beyond the port boundary to ensure port-related development is sustainably managed while protecting the Great Barrier Reef. It outlines an environmental framework to ensure the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA) is an intrinsic consideration in port development, management and governance.

An independent environmental panel reviewed the master plan, advising it adequately considers the principles of ecologically sustainable development, the Reef 2050 Plan and the Independent Review of the Port of Gladstone.

Master planned area

The master planned area was determined through an evidence-based, comprehensive consultation process. The master planned area encompasses land-based and marine areas considered important for the efficient development and operation of the port. The inclusion of land and marine areas supports the management of potential impacts on the OUV of the GBRWHA and other environmental values that may occur as result of port development and operations.

The priority Port of Gladstone master planned area encompasses a total area of about 73,000 hectares.

This includes marine areas within the port limits and approximately:

  • 4400 hectares of land controlled by the Gladstone Ports Corporation
  • 7000 hectares of land within the Gladstone Regional Council area
  • 27,000 hectares of the Gladstone State Development Area.

Precincts have been identified within the master planned area to identify the long-term objectives and 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. 

The master plan does not infer government approval of development and all proposals will still require full assessment in accordance with relevant statutory approval processes irrespective of the precinct it is in.  

The Queensland Government is committed to protecting the Fitzroy Delta, Keppel Bay and North Curtis Island. These areas are excluded from the priority Port of Gladstone master planned area.

Proposed priority port Gladstone map
Click for a larger version of the priority port of Gladstone map.

How the master plan was developed

A draft master plan for the priority Port of Gladstone was developed in consultation with Gladstone Ports Corporation, Gladstone Regional Council, state and federal agencies and other key stakeholders including industry and environmental groups.  A robust evidence base was developed to support the preparation of the draft master plan. Evidence-based planning is a requirement of the Reef 2050 Plan.

The draft master plan for the Port of Gladstone was the first to be prepared and referred for public comment under the Ports Act, representing a major milestone in the state government's priority port master planning program. The draft master plan also supports the delivery of port-related actions of the Reef 2050 Plan.

From 28 August 2017 to 9 October 2017 the draft master plan and supporting documentation for the priority Port of Gladstone were released for public consultation.

Submissions received during the public consultation period in 2017 informed the final master plan. The report on public consultation, outlines the matters raised in the submissions.

For reference purposes the draft master plan and supporting master planning documentation remain available for viewing.

Please note, these documents were compiled when Sustainable Ports Planning was part of the former Department of State Development. Sustainable Ports Planning moved to the Department of Transport and Main Roads in May 2018 as part of Machinery of Government changes.

Copies of the master plan

Display copies of the master plan are available at the following locations:

  • Gladstone Regional Council Library, 39 Goondoon Street, Gladstone
  • Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane
  • Department of Transport and Main Roads, 61 Mary Street, Brisbane (by appointment via email to GladstonePortMasterPlan@tmr.qld.gov.au).

Next steps in the master planning process

The port overlay, the regulatory instrument that implements the master plan over the master planned area, will now be prepared. A draft port overlay will be released for public consultation in accordance with the Ports Act.

Further information

Email: GladstonePortMasterPlan@tmr.qld.gov.au

Document register for the priority Port of Gladstone

Master plan

Public notice

Report on public consultation

Fact sheets

A number of documents were released during the public consultation on the draft master plan for the priority Port of Gladstone and are available below.

Draft master plan

Fact sheets

Supporting documentation

The port overlay is the regulatory instrument that will implement the final master plan over the master planned area. A preliminary draft port overlay has been prepared to inform how the draft master plan is intended to be implemented for the proposed master planned area. A draft port overlay will be issued for public comment following the release of the final master plan.

Evidence base reports

The evidence base reports represent a point-in-time analysis of factors important for master planning at the priority Port of Gladstone. It provides the foundation for preparation of the draft master plan.

Display copies of the draft master plan

A copy of the draft master plan is available for viewing at 61 Mary Street, Brisbane. Please email gladstoneportmasterplan@tmr.qld.gov.au to arrange to view it.  

Last updated
08 April 2019