Want a say on how the Port of Townsville helps manage impacts on the Great Barrier Reef? A public consultation period is now open on how a ‘master plan’ will be implemented.
The Port of Townsville Master Plan has been released outlining how operations and growth occurs while maintain the values of the Great Barrier Reef.
Undertaking port master planning is a Queensland government action in the Reef 2050 Long term sustainability plan.
They were acutely aware of the port’s location in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area said Chief Executive Officer Ranee Crosby.
“ … and undertake a comprehensive range of environmental programs to ensure we continue to protect the environmental value of Cleveland Bay and surrounding areas,” she said.
“As the trade gateway for the north west Minerals province and the largest general cargo and container port in northern Australia, the Master Plan articulates our commitment to responsible stewardship of Port lands and waters.”
Master planning aligns with other key port-related projects associated with the ongoing sustainable development of the port including the Port Expansion Project – Channel Upgrade Project, Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor and the Townsville City Deal.
The Master Plan will be implemented by a port overlay – a regulatory document which implements the Master Plan that is given effect through existing development assessment and strategic planning processes undertaken by the Port, Townsville City Council and the Queensland Government.
The draft port overlay is open for public consultation from 4 November to 16 December 2019.
Further information and fact sheets on the Master Plan and draft port overlay are available on the Department of Transport and Main Roads website www.tmr.qld.gov.au/sustainableports-townsville
The final Master Plan for the Port of Townsville has been prepared by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) in collaboration with Townsville Port, Townsville City Council, state agencies and other key stakeholders, including environmental and community groups