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Master planning for the priority Port of Hay Point/Mackay

Port of Hay Point / Mackay
Photo courtesy of North Queensland Bulk Ports 

The Queensland Government is leading master planning for the priority Port of Hay Point/Mackay 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

Master planning for the priority Port of Hay Point/Mackay under the Ports Act will recognise the unique characteristics of both ports under a single master planning process.

The Port of Hay Point is located approximately 40km south of Mackay and was originally developed in 1971. As one of the largest dedicated coal ports in the world, it is a major regional economic hub for Queensland’s coal resource sector. The Port of Hay Point has 2 terminals, the Hay Point Coal Terminal and the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal. The terminals have a combined capacity of 145 million tonnes per annum and service coal mines in Central Queensland’s Bowen and Galilee Basins, which are linked via an integrated rail-port network. In 2019/20, approximately 111 million tonnes passed through the Port of Hay Point.

The Port of Mackay is located 5 kilometres north of Mackay and is Queensland’s 4th largest multi-commodity port by throughput. It is close to Australia’s leading mining equipment, technology and services hub in Paget and services central Queensland’s mining and agricultural industries. The Port of Mackay has one of the world’s largest bulk sugar terminals and the primary commodities traded include fuel, sugar (raw and refined), grain, magnetite, fertiliser and scrap metal. In 2019/20, approximately 3.18 million tonnes passed through the Port of Mackay.

Read more about the priority Port of Hay Point/Mackay.

Status of port master planning

Master planning for the priority Port of Hay Point/Mackay 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 Hay Point/Mackay, please email your name, organisation and contact details to: HayPointMackayPortMasterPlan@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