The Port of Townsville Master Plan has been released setting out the sustainable development of port activities, operations and management while protecting the Great Barrier Reef.

Sustainable planning includes the delivery of optimised port operations, economic growth and preservation of the environment.

The Port of Townsville is one of four priority ports recognised as fundamental to the economic future growth of the region.

Undertaking port master planning for priority ports is a Queensland Government port‐related action of the Reef 2050 Long‐Term Sustainability Plan.

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.

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

Courtesy of Port of Townsville