The Queensland Government has released the Great Barrier Reef Ports Strategy, outlining the State Government’s approach to future port development and planning in the Great Barrier Reef region.


Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said that the draft strategy outlines the Government’s proposed approach to future port development in the region over the next decade.


“Port development is essential for growth of the State’s economy, but so too is protection of our greatest environmental asset – the Great Barrier Reef,” Mr Seeney said.


“Through this Strategy the Government will balance environmental protection and economic prosperity.


“This Government is committed to a balanced and incremental approach to port development and ensuring Queensland has the infrastructure in place to grow a four pillar economy.”


“We will confine future development to the existing major ports where there is considerable scope for future development at Abbot Point, at Dudgeon Point in the Port of Hay Point and at several locations such as Balaclava Island and Port Alma in the Port of Gladstone.


The strategy is open for public consultation until mid-December.


The draft strategy can be found here