The Port of Townsville Master Plan, led by the Queensland Government, has been develoed in accordance with the Sustainable Ports Development Act 2015 and the Reef Long-Term Sustainability Plan (Reef 2050 Plan).
About the Master Plan
The final matser plan and master planned area for the priority Port of Townsville was released on 4 November 2019 by the Queensland Government.
The plan is a strategic document that has a long term outlook for the sustainable development of the port through to 2050. This provides a strategic and coordinated approach to managing port-related development and considers issues including marine and land-based impacts, port and supply chain optimisation.
Environmental impact is carefully considered in the master plan, looking beyond the port boundary to ensure port-related development is managed sustainably and protects the Great Barrier Reef.
Key projects associated with the ongoing sustainable development of the port include the Channel Upgrade project, Townsville City Deal, the proposed Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor and supporting mineral freight exports from teh North West Minerals Province.
The master plan further suppors opportunities for efficient use of existing land and infrastructure through multi-user acess arrangements which optimise existing supply chain nifrastructure to minimise transport costs and increase freight network efficiency.
Master Planned Area
A master planned area is identified within the master plan, covering a total area of about 16,500 hectares, including land and marine areas.
The boundary of the master planned area has been established to avoid and protect areas of significant environmental value, such as intertidal areas, and thus providing certainty to industry and the community about where developments will be located.
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.
Further information about the approach to preparing port overlays and how they operate can be found in the Draft priority ports master planning guideline.
On 4 November 2019, the Queensland Government released the Draft port overlay for the priority Port of Townsville for public consultation. Public consultation provides the opportunity for the community to provide feedback on the draft port overlay.
Public consultation on the draft port overlay
In accordance with the Ports Act, the Queensland Government has released the Draft port overlay for the priority Port of Townsville for public consultation from 4 November to 16 December 2019.
The public consultation period provides the opportunity for the community to have their say on the draft port overlay by making a formal submission. Any person or entity may make a written submission about any aspect of the Draft port overlay for the priority Port of Townsville from 4 November to 16 December 2019.
Acceptable submissions must:
- be made in writing to the Minister for Transport and Main Roads about any aspect of the draft port overlay/s
- state the name and contact details (email and/or postal address) of each person or entity who is making the submission
- be received on by 5pm Monday 16 December 2019
- be received via email at TownsvillePortMasterPlan@tmr.qld.gov.au or posted to:
Sustainable Ports Planning
Transport Strategy and Planning
Department of Transport and Main Roads
GPO Box 1549
Brisbane QLD 4001
During the consultation period, a copy of the draft port overlay is available for viewing at the following locations:
- Townsville City Council Library, 280 Flinders Street, Townsville
- Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane
- Department of Transport and Main Roads, 445 Flinders Street, Townsville (by appointment via email)
- Department of Transport and Main Roads, 61 Mary Street, Brisbane (by appointment via email)
Public information sessions are being held in Townsville and on Magnetic Island to provide the community with the opportunity to talk to the project team about the draft port overlay. RSVPs are not required, just turn up.
Venue: Magnetic Island Bowls Club, 18 Marine Parade, Arcadia
Date: Monday 25 November 2019
Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Maritime Museum of Townsville, 42-68 Palmer Street, South Townsville
Date: 26 November 2019
Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm