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Have your say on the priority Port of Townsville draft master plan

We are encouraging Queenslanders to have their say on the draft master plan for the priority Port of Townsville. The draft master plan has been prepared in accordance with the Sustainable Ports Development Act 2015 (the Ports Act) and the Guideline: master planning for priority ports.

The draft master plan ensures port-related development is sustainably managed while protecting the Great Barrier Reef.

Public consultation gives the community an opportunity to formally comment on the draft master plan. Submissions received during the consultation period will be considered in the development of a final master plan for the priority Port of Townsville. 

About the draft master plan

The priority Port of Townsville is a critical northern gateway for the state's trade and investment. It is the largest general cargo and container port in northern Australia and Australia's leading exporter of copper, zinc, lead and sugar.

The draft master plan for the priority Port of Townsville is a strategic document that has a long-term outlook for the sustainable development of the port through to 2050. Long-term master planning provides a strategic and coordinated approach to managing port-related development and considers issues such as marine and land-based impacts, port and supply chain infrastructure optimisation.

The preparation of the draft master plan also considered the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan (Reef 2050 Plan) and the Reef 2050 policy guideline for decision makers.

The Queensland Government has prepared the draft master plan, preliminary draft port overlay and evidence base documentation in consultation with Port of Townsville Ltd, Townsville City Council, state and federal agencies.

Read the draft master plan for the priority Port of Townsville, supporting documentation and fact sheets.

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Written submissions

A formal submission on the draft master plan for the priority Port of Townsville can be made on any aspect of the draft master plan and must:

  • be made in writing
  • be made to the Minister for Transport and Main Roads
  • be received on or before 17 December 2018
  • state the name and contact details (email and/or postal address) of each person/entity who is making the submission

Send your submission by email to or post it to:

Priority Port of Townsville Master Planning
Transport Strategy and Planning Branch
Department of Transport and Main Roads
GPO Box 1549
Brisbane QLD 4001

More information on how to have your say

Closing soon


Submit your responses now. Closes 17 December 2018, 11.59pm.

Last updated
 26 November 2018

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