Input on planning for Gladstone port's future closes soon

CONSULTATION on the proposed boundary for the Gladstone port master planned area is closing soon.

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said the Queensland Government was working with Gladstone Ports Corporation and other stakeholders to set a clear direction for the future of Queensland's second busiest port, and help protect the Great Barrier Reef.

The consultation on the proposed boundary is the first step of port master planning for Gladstone.

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Submissions will close on Monday.

Mr Butcher said a long-term approach to master planning for the priority ports of Gladstone, Abbot Point, Hay Point/Mackay and Townsville would ensure coordination and consistency of planning and development across a port master planned area.

"Port master planning will identify and implement state interests - those matters that must be dealt with consistently across each planning instrument in a master planned area in order to achieve the vision of the port master plan," he said. 

"Port master planning will retain the independence of decision making for existing planning authorities in relation to their respective planning instruments."

The next steps in the process for Gladstone will be finalising the port master planned area boundary and drafting master planning documentation, pending the outcome of parliamentary processes on the Sustainable Ports Development Bill 2015.

A public consultation session will be held from 6-7.30pm on Tuesday, July 14 at Gladstone Library.

Members of the community will be able to meet officers from the State Development Department to discuss the proposed boundary.

For more information visit www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/sustainableports.



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