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Master planning for the priority Port of Gladstone

Port of 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 2018–19, the priority Port of Gladstone had a total throughput of 124.02 million tonnes.

Read more about the priority Port of Gladstone

Master plan

On Monday 5 November 2018, 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 management 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 encompasses land 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 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.

Seven 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.

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 on draft master plan for the priority Port of Gladstone outlines the matters raised in the submissions.

Draft port overlay 

On 4 November 2019, the Queensland Government released the Draft port overlay for the priority Port of Gladstone for public consultation. Public consultation provides the opportunity for the community to provide feedback on the draft port overlay.

Under the Ports Act, the port overlay is the regulatory instrument that implements the master plan for the master planned area. Port overlays identify regulatory requirements to be implemented in planning and development decisions to ensure the strategic vision for the sustainable development of the port is achieved. The port overlay operates alongside existing planning instruments and will only regulate development in the master planned area if additional requirements are necessary to implement the master plan.

fact sheet is available to assist the community in understanding the draft port overlay. 

If you require a hard copy of the draft port overlay, please email GladstonePortMasterPlan@tmr.qld.gov.au or telephone 13 23 80* (fees for hard copies may apply).   

* Check with your service provider for call costs. 

Further information about the approach to preparing port overlays and how they operate can be found in the Draft priority ports master planning guideline

Public consultation on the draft port overlay

In accordance with the Ports Act, the Queensland Government released the Draft port overlay for the priority Port of Gladstone for public consultation from 4 November to 16 December 2019.

All submissions are being considered during the preparation of a final port overlay. The final port overlay will be made available on the TMR website with a summary of submissions, once approved by the Queensland Government. 

Document register

Draft port overlay for the priority Port of Gladstone

A draft port overlay has been prepared to implement the Master plan for the priority Port of Gladstone.

Master plan for the priority Port of Gladstone

The Master plan for the priority Port of Gladstone is strategic document with a long-term outlook for the sustainable development of the port through to 2050. The master plan considers environmental values, including the Outstanding Universal Value of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area.

Supporting and archived documents

Most of the following documents were prepared at a point-in-time and are provided for information and historical reference: 

If you require a higher resolution file of these documents, please email GladstonePortMasterPlan@tmr.qld.gov.au.

Please note, some of 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 2018 as part of Machinery of Government changes.

Further information

Email: GladstonePortMasterPlan@tmr.qld.gov.au 

Last updated
13 December 2019