PORT of Townsville is a critical regional hub in the transportation of goods into north Queensland, state member for Townsville Scott Stewart says.
Mr Stewart was speaking on the occasion of the announcement of a draft master plan for the port which sets out a long-term strategic vision while also aiming to protect the Great Barrier Reef.
“Master planning aligns with other key projects associated with the sustainable development of the port, including the Townsville Port Expansion Project, the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor and the Townsville City Deal,” Mr Stewart said.
“The port was identified as one of the state’s four priority ports under the Sustainable Ports Development Act 2015 along with Gladstone, Hay Point/Mackay and Abbot Point.”
Transport minister Mark Bailey said protection of the Great Barrier Reef was a key consideration in the draft plan.
“Balancing sustainable and economic development and managing impacts on the Great Barrier Reef is a challenge but it is one we can meet strategically with careful master-planning and legislation,” Mr Bailey said.
“This plan looks beyond the port boundary to ensure port-related development is sustainably managed.”
Port of Townsville chief executive Ranee Crosby said she was pleased with the draft master plan.
“This will guide future development by committing to sustainability and protecting environmental marine areas as set by the Reef 2050 Long-term Sustainability Plan,” Ms Crosby said.
“The collaboration between Townsville Port and the Queensland Government reflects the priority of growing our general cargo port and protecting the Great Barrier Reef.”
The draft master plan was prepared in consultation with the Port of Townsville, Townsville City Council, state and federal agencies and other stakeholders.
A copy of the draft Port of Townsville Master Plan, supporting documentation including the preliminary draft port overlay, fact sheets and details on how to make a submission are available on www.tmr.qld.gov.au/SustainablePorts-Townsville