A master plan to ensure the long-term growth of the Port of Gladstone, while protecting the Great Barrier Reef, has been released by the State Government.
Member for Gladstone, Glenn Butcher, said the release of the plan marked a major milestone.
“The Port of Gladstone is Queensland’s largest multi-commodity port and an important economic hub contributing significantly to regional jobs and the state’s economy,” Mr Butcher said.
“Balancing sustainable and economic development and managing cumulative impacts on the Great Barrier Reef is a challenge, but we are getting the balance right with careful planning and legislation.”
Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said the plan looked beyond the port boundary to ensure port-related development was sustainably managed while protecting the reef.
“It considers potential marine and land-based impacts, port and supply chain capacity and connectivity, and environmental and community values,” Mr Bailey said.
“The next step will involve the preparation of a draft port overlay which clearly defines the regulatory and developmental considerations in the area.
“All stakeholders and the community will be able to have their say on what this will look like.”
A copy of the priority Port of Gladstone master plan is available on www.tmr.qld.gov.au/SustainablePorts-Gladstone