Medium and long-term planning is undertaken for our ports to guide sustainable developments, including the protection of environmentally and culturally significant areas.

Planning includes both land use plans, which are prepared by North Queensland Bulk Ports, and master plans, which are prepared by the Department of State Development with our consultation.

Land use plans

A Land Use Plan is a statutory instrument that identifies NQBP’s Strategic Port Land and outlines its future preferred use in the medium term. This includes areas for industry and commercial operations, and environment and buffer purposes.

Development on Strategic Port Land is not subject to assessment by local government authorities and therefore the Land Use Plan becomes the principle tool for the assessment of Material Change of Use applications under the Planning Act 2016. NQBP’s Land Use Plans are developed in accordance with the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994 and are reviewed at least every eight years. All new development on Strategic Port Land must comply with the requirements of the Land Use Plan.

Opportunities for public and other stakeholder input will be sought as part of the eight year review of the Land Use Plans. Details of consultation activities will be advertised on this website and externally through various media outlets.

View land use plans for our ports:

Port master planning

Under the Sustainable Port Development Act 2015, the Department of State Development (DSD) is responsible for preparing the master plans for the four designated priority ports in Queensland: Gladstone, Townsville, Abbot Point and Hay Point/ Mackay.

For NQBP’s ports, draft master plans for Abbot Point and Hay Point/ Mackay are expected to be released in 2018/ 2019.

NQBP is providing assistance and technical advice to DSD in the preparation of these plans. For further information on the state government’s port master planning program, please visit the DSD website.

For further information on NQBP’s land use planning activities, please email our planning team.