Channel Duplication Project

To facilitate the future increase in port throughput and a safe two-way passage for ships, the existing Gatcombe and Golding Cutting channels in the ports outer harbour region, will require duplication.

While the timing, scale and volume of Queensland’s trade growth in the short-term is likely to be modest, medium and longer term growth in trade requires extensive planning in readying Queensland for the future.

On current and forecast predictions for Port of Gladstones throughput, specifically deep draft shipping movements, the Gatcombe and Golding Cutting Channel Duplication is unlikely to be required prior to 2023. New trade, that is unforeseen may provide cause for this additional channel capacity prior and therefore, it is prudent to ensure the proper diligence and planning is undertaken given the necessary lead time.

​Due to the extensive lead time for these types of large, marine infrastructure programs, it is imperative to undertake early environmental baseline data collection, impacts assessment, approval processes, project design and procurement.


For these reasons, it is essential that GPC complete the Channel Duplication Project Environment Impact Statement (EIS) approval process, having given the appropriate time and consideration to the content and potential addressable impacts.


Key features


The project will include:

  • duplicating the existing Gatcombe and Golding Cutting channels in the outer harbour of the Port

  • establishing locations for long-term placement of displaced material including capital and maintenance activities in accordance with relevant legislation

  • relocating existing, and placement of new, navigational aids for the channel duplication.

Environmental Impact Statement


In 2012, the Coordinator-General declared the project to be a significant project for which an Environmental 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. 

The EIS process allowed the project’s potential environmental, social and economic impacts, both direct and indirect, to be examined and addressed.

The Port of Gladstone Gatcombe and Golding Cutting Channel Duplication Project draft EIS documents were made available for public review and comment from Monday 8 April to Thursday 23 May 2019.

The project EIS has been finalised taking account of any comments received during the period for comment. The final EIS consists of the draft EIS (public display version) and Additional Information to the EIS (AEIS). The final EIS has been lodged with the Office of the Coordinator-General in accordance with the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 and the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy in accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Viewing the documents


An electronic version of the draft EIS and AEIS documentation for the project can be viewed and downloaded from the links below.

Copies of the draft EIS and AEIS documentation are also available for public viewing for a period of 30 business days from Monday 21 October to Friday 29 November 2019 at the following locations:

  • GPC's Kullaroo House Reception Area — 40 Goondoon Street, Gladstone, Queensland

  • Gladstone City Library — 39 Goondoon Street, Gladstone, Queensland 

  • State Library of Queensland — Stanley Place, South Bank Brisbane, Queensland

  • Department of Environment and Energy — Canberra (email the Department to arrange a viewing time)

​Gatcombe and Golding Cutting Channel Duplication Project — Draft EIS Documents

Appendices ​

​Gatcombe and Golding Cutting Channel Duplication Project — Additional Information to the EIS


AEIS Appendices


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.