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Master planning for the priority Port of Abbot Point

Port of Abbot Point
Photo courtesy of North Queensland Bulk Ports.

The Queensland Government is leading master planning for the priority Port of Abbot Point 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 Abbot Point is located 25km north of Bowen, between the regional centres of Townsville and Mackay. The priority Port of Abbot Point is one of only 4 priority ports recognised as fundamental to the economic growth of the local region and Queensland.

The Port of Abbot Point is Australia's most northern coal export port. The location of the port is strategically significant as it is situated away from urban development and one of the few places along Australia's eastern coast where naturally deep water is close to shore. The proximity of the port to the Bowen and Galilee Basin and major road and rail transport corridors mean it is well positioned for future growth.

In 2019-2020, the Port of Abbot Point received 395 ship visits and total throughput reached 31.9 million tonnes.

Read more about the priority Port of Abbot Point.

Status of port master planning

Master planning for the priority Port of Abbot Point has formally commenced with a notice of proposal issued to the relevant port authority and local government on 5 May 2021, in accordance with Ports Act requirements.

Preliminary master planning processes are underway to support the preparation of a draft master plan and port overlay that will be released for public consultation.  

Further information about priority port master planning can be found at Master planning for priority ports.

The Priority ports master planning guideline has been developed to help the community and other stakeholders better understand priority port master planning. It outlines the master planning process and matters considered when developing a master plan.

Register your interest

To register your interest in master planning for the priority Port of Abbot Point, please email your name, organisation and contact details to: AbbotPointPortMasterPlan@tmr.qld.gov.au. Registered stakeholders will be notified when community consultation for the draft master plan and draft port overlay commences.

We are only collecting your personal information to contact you about port master planning. We will secure your personal information and will not provide it to anyone else without your consent, unless required or authorised to do so by law.

Last updated
25 October 2021