Port of Gladstone boundary changes one step closer
The Queensland Government’s masterplan for the Port of Gladstone has edged closer with the release of an amended proposed boundary.
The proposed Gladstone master-planned area encompasses a total area of about 88,000 hectares and includes land controlled by the Port of Gladstone, the majority of the Gladstone State Development Area, part of the Gladstone Regional Council area and marine components within the port limits.
“This is the first stage completed now in a process to create a masterplan that will drive economic development in and around Gladstone’s port and protect the Great Barrier Reef,” Queensland State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said.
Dr Lynham added that the next stage is an extensive study into the economic, environmental, cultural heritage and community aspects of the proposed area, which will be developed in consultation with industry, government, environmental and community sectors.
A draft masterplan is anticipated to be available for further consultation by June 2016.
Legislation is expected to be debated in Parliament by the end of 2015 that will establish master planning requirements for the four priority ports.
Three major LNG projects currently utilise the port – the Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) Project, which began exporting in January, the Santos GLNG Project, which began exporting in October, and the Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) Project, which is due to begin exports by the end of 2015.
Source: Gas Today