NQBP is applying for the necessary permits to undertake maintenance dredging at the Port of Hay Point.

In December 2017 we lodged an application for a Marine Park Permit with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA).

Assessment of the application included a public information period of 60 days and an information package has been compiled to provide the community with an opportunity to understand and comment on what we are proposing.

The public information period is now closed and NQBP's submission is being analysed by GBRMPA. You can still access our public information package and all of our reports and research.

Background

NQBP is proposing to undertake maintenance dredging at the Port of Hay Point. This means responsibly removing natural sediment that has built-up in ship navigation areas and relocating it. Maintenance dredging is undertaken by port authorities around the world and is critical for maintaining port infrastructure.

We have spent more than three years undertaking detailed studies and engaging with a range of stakeholders to understand the source of natural sediment accumulation and appropriate removal and placement options at the Port of Hay Point.

This work aligns with the recently developed Maintenance Dredging Strategy for Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area Ports released by the Queensland Government.

Our maintenance dredging management plan has been developed in consultation with a Technical Advisory and Consultative Committee consisting of representatives from the Commonwealth, state and local government, port users, environmental/conservation and community interest groups.

A sustainable solution

By taking a structured, value-based, decision-making approach, we have arrived at a safe, efficient and sustainable solution for keeping the Port of Hay Point open for business.

Our Port of Hay Point Sustainable Sediment Management (SSM) Assessment of Navigational Infrastructure was peer reviewed by marine scientist Dr Paul Erftemeijer and is considered best practice.

It weighed up possible options for sediment management and determined that placement of maintenance dredge material at the existing at sea placement area was consistently ranked as the highest performing long-term approach.

Importantly, our assessment reports have found the risks to protected areas including the GBRWHA and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and sensitive habitats are predominantly low with some temporary, short-term impacts to benthic habitat possible.

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