Port Land Use Plans
We have prepared two Land Use Plans (LUPs) for all strategic port lands under our management in the Port of Gladstone, Port of Rockhampton (Port Alma Shipping Terminal) and Port of Bundaberg. The LUPs are developed in accordance with the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994 and are approved by the Minister of Transport. The LUPs specify our strategic port land, the land proposed to become strategic port land and the current and proposed uses of the land.
We govern the location and types of new development and operations at its ports in accordance with the LUPs. All new development on strategic port land must comply with the requirements of the LUP and associated development codes for code assessable development. The LUPs must be reviewed every eight years and incorporate the outcomes of the Priority Port of Gladstone Master Plan.
The Port of Bundaberg Land Use Plan 2009 is currently under review. A Statement of Proposal to prepare a new plan was released for public comment from 4 November 2017 to 12 January 2018.
Priority Port Master Plan
The Queensland Government has released the master plan for the priority Port of Gladstone. Gladstone is the first priority port to have a master plan prepared and finalised as part of the Reef 2050: Long-Term Sustainability Plan (Reef 2050 Plan) and mandated by the Sustainable Ports Development Act 2015.
The master plan for the priority Port of Gladstone looks beyond the port boundary to ensure port-related development is sustainably managed while protecting the Great Barrier Reef. It outlines an environmental framework to ensure the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA) is an intrinsic consideration in port development, management and governance.
The master plan recognises there is a significant opportunity for the Port of Gladstone, as Queensland’s largest multi-commodity port, to continue to develop as a logistics hub for both the import and export of a wide variety of commodities.
An independent environmental panel reviewed the master plan, advising it adequately considers the principles of ecologically sustainable development, the Reef 2050 Plan and the Independent Review of the Port of Gladstone.
State Development Area Development Schemes
State Development Areas (SDAs) are areas that have been designated by the Queensland Government in the Port of Gladstone and the Port of Bundaberg. Development in SDAs is regulated by the Queensland Government in accordance with SDA development schemes.
Where strategic port land is located within an SDA, new development is regulated under the relevant SDA development scheme. However, any aspect of development on strategic port land that is not assessable under the SDA development scheme is assessable under the ports LUP and will still require development approval from GPC.