The Port of Gladstone and Port of Rockhampton are identified as Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA) ports.
Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) has developed Long-Term Maintenance Dredging Management Plans (LMDMPs) for these ports in alignment with the Queensland Ports Maintenance Dredging Strategy (MDS) framework. This framework addresses the requirements of the Reef 2050 Plan Water Quality Action 16 (WQA16) which aims to ensure the ongoing protection of the Great Barrier Reef's Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) and the continued operating efficiency of ports within the GBRWHA.
Even though the Port of Bundaberg is not a Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area port, we are preparing to transition the current 10-year LTMMP to a Long-tTerm Maintenance Dredging Management Plan (LMDMP) in general accordance with the Maintenance Dredging Strategy Maintenance Dredging Strategy framework upon its expiry in 2022.
Used by individual ports, LMDMP’s are developed in a transparent manner to create a management framework with a future focus of 10 or more years to promote continuous improvement. To assist with the development our LMDMPs, stakeholder engagement has been undertaken with our Technical Advisory and Consultative Committee (TACC) and other interested stakeholders.
Under the LMDMP framework, our maintenance dredging activities are reviewed in consultation with stakeholders (including the TACC) to ensure they remain consistent with leading practice management.