Channel Duplication


To facilitate the potential increase in port throughput and ensure a safer two-way passage for shipping vessels, the Gatcombe and Golding Cutting channels will need to be duplicated in the future, and potentially other port shipping channels in the long-term.

Based on current and predicted shipping demand over the next five years, there is no immediate requirement for the Gatcombe and Golding Cutting channel to be duplicated.

Due to the long lead-in time required for pre-dredging tasks, including environmental baseline data collection, impact assessment, government approval processes, detailed design and dredge contractor procurement, it is necessary to undertake the preparation of the Channel Duplication Project Environment Impact Statement (EIS).


Key features

The project will include:

  • Duplication of the existing Gatcombe and Golding Cutting channels
  • Establish locations for long-term disposal of dredged material including capital and maintenance dredging in accordance with relevant legislation
  • Relocation of existing, and placement of new, navigational aids for the channel duplication.

Environmental Impact Statement

In 2012, the Coordinator-General has declared the project to be a significant project for which an Enivornmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required. The final Terms of Reference (TOR) received in December 2012 set out the matters to be addressed in the EIS associated with the State approval and the final EIS Guidelines were released for public comment by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC) in March 2013.

This process aims the project’s potential environmental, social and economic impacts, both direct and indirect, are examined and addressed.

Viewing the documents

The Port of Gladstone's Gatcombe and Golding Cutting Channel Duplication Project's EIS doucments is available for public review and comment from Monday 8 April to Thursday 23 May 2019.  

Copies of the Draft EIS Report are also avilable for viewing at the following locations:

​Gatcombe and Golding Cutting Channel Duplication Project - EIS Documents

Public Notice

Cover, Contents and Abbreviations

Executive Summary

Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Project description

Chapter 3 – Land use and tenure

Chapter 4 – Visual amenity

Chapter 5 – Topography, Geology and Soils

Chapter 6 – Sediment Quality

Chapter 7 – Coastal Processes and Hydrodynamics

Chapter 8 – Water Quality

Chapter 9 – Nature conservation

Chapter 10 – Water resources

Chapter 11 – Climate and Climate Change Assessment

Chapter 12 – Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Assessment

Chapter 13 – Noise and Vibration

Chapter 14 – Waste

Chapter 15 – Transport

Chapter 16 – Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Chapter 17 – Non-Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Chapter 18 – Social Impact Assessment

Chapter 19 – Economics

Chapter 20 – Hazard and Risk

Chapter 21 – Cumulative Impact Assessment

Chapter 22 – Environmental Management plans

Chapter 23 – Conclusion

Chapter 24 - References


Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

Appendix D

Appendix E

Appendix F

Appendix G

Appendix H

Appendix I

Appendix J

Appendix K

Appendix L

Appendix M

Appendix N

Appendix P

Appendix Q


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Project fact sheets

More information

For enquiries or more information about the Gatcombe and Golding Cutting Channel Duplication please email or phone our Corporate and Community Relations Team on 1800 243 GPC.