The priority Port of Gladstone is Queensland's largest multi-commodity port, handling over 30 different products including the export of coal, alumina, cement, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), petroleum and grain.
In 2016–17, the priority Port of Gladstone had a total throughput of 120.4 million tonnes.
Read more about the priority Port of Gladstone.
Through master planning the Queensland Government is demonstrating its commitment to supporting the port's sustainable development, jobs creation in the region and growth of the state's trade and investment opportunities.
The draft master plan sets out a long-term strategic outlook for the port and the surrounding land and marine areas vital for its sustainable development to 2050.
The draft master plan:
- outlines the strategic vision, objectives and desired outcomes for the port and the land and marine areas vital for its future development (the master planned area)
- takes into consideration state interests associated with the port, including managing port-related development
- includes an environmental management framework (EMF) which identifies and maps environmental values and states the objectives and measures to manage impacts from port operations and development.
The draft master plan responds to the recommendations of the Independent Review of the Port of Gladstone (2013) and considers the Guideline: Master planning for priority ports, Reef 2050 and the Reef 2050 policy guideline for decision makers.
The draft master plan has been prepared in consultation with Gladstone Ports Corporation, Gladstone Regional Council, state agencies and other key stakeholders.
Public consultation on the draft master plan was conducted from 28 August 2017 to 9 October 2017. Submissions received are currently being considered with a view to preparing a final master plan and master planned area.
Historically, Queensland ports have focussed on land use planning within strategic port land.
Priority port master planning considers issues beyond strategic port land including marine and land-based impacts, port and supply chain capacities and connectivity, and environmental and community values.
The proposed priority Port of Gladstone master planned area encompasses a total area of about 73,000 hectares.
This includes marine areas within the port 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.
Precincts have been identified to indicate the long-term development potential of the master planned area. The precinct approach has enabled the identification of those areas suitable for long-term industrial development and those where environmental values are the predominant consideration.
It is important to note that existing planning instruments applying to the master planned area will continue to provide specific land use intent.
The master planned area will be established by regulation upon the finalisation of the master plan.
Map of the proposed priority Port of Gladstone master planned area precincts
As part of preliminary master planning, public consultation was conducted on the proposed boundary for master planned area.
Submissions received during the public consultation informed the master planning process and refinements to the proposed priority Port of Gladstone master planned area as featured in the draft master plan.
In early 2016 a notice of proposal was issued to the Gladstone Ports Corporation and Gladstone Regional Council formally commencing master planning under the Ports Act.
The department has been working with Gladstone Ports Corporation, Gladstone Regional Council, state agencies and other key stakeholders including industry and community groups to develop a robust evidence base to support the preparation of the draft master plan. Evidence-based planning is a key port-related action of Reef 2050.
The draft master plan was prepared in consultation with stakeholders applying the evidence base. Subsequently, it was reviewed by the priority port master planning governance framework.
An independent environmental advisors panel also reviewed the draft master plan, advising it adequately considers the principles of ecologically sustainable development.
On 28 August 2017, the draft master plan was released for public comment and submissions closed on 9 October 2017, providing 30 business days consultation period in line with the Ports Act. Submissions received are being considered with a view to preparing a final master plan and master planned area.
Priority port master planning process
Following the close of public consultation on the draft master plan, submissions are being considered in finalising the master plan and master planned area.
A summary of submissions will be made available on this website upon the release of the final master plan.
The draft port overlay, the regulatory instrument that implements the master plan over the master planned area, will be prepared and released for public consultation in accordance with the Ports Act.