Queensland Ports Strategy will protect reef, develop ports
A STRATEGY that protects the Great Barrier Reef, grows jobs and sustainably develops the state's port network has been released today.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the Queensland Ports Strategy outlines 18 actions that will provide a rigorous, systematic approach to balance economic development with protection of the environment.
"Our Government promised to support growth in the resources, agriculture, construction and tourism pillars of the economy and the Queensland Ports Strategy delivers for all those industries," Mr Seeney said.
"Central to this strategy is the establishment of five Priority Port Development Areas where future port development will be concentrated.
"The five Priority Port Development Areas will be created for the ports of Townsville, Abbot Point, Hay Point and Mackay, Gladstone and Brisbane.
"Within and adjoining the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, the Queensland Government will prohibit dredging for the development of new, or the expansion of existing port facilities outside these port precincts, for the next decade."