Sally Noonan, Dept of State Development, Infrastructure & Planning: Queensland Ports Strategy


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Sally Noonan, Executive Director Strategic Assessment, Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning delivered this presentation at the 2013 QLD Transport Infrastructure conference. Delivering "better infrastructure and planning" is key to the State Government’s plan of a four pillar economy to get "Queensland back on track". As transport takes a leading role in strengthening the Queensland economy, there has never been a better time to review the transport projects and policy promoting the State's future productivity and prosperity. For more information about the annual event, please visit the conference website:

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Sally Noonan, Dept of State Development, Infrastructure & Planning: Queensland Ports Strategy

  1. 1. Queensland Ports Strategy Sally Noonan Executive Director, Futures Unit Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
  2. 2. Queensland’s Port Network • 15 trading ports • 2 community ports • 3 non-trading ports
  3. 3. Throughput volume by port and commodity Other 11% Tow nsville 5% Agriculture 3% General cargo 4% Brisbane 14% Metals and m inerals 4% Abbot Point 5% Petroleum products 6% Gladstone 32% Hay Point / Mackay 33% Other 5% Bauxite 15% Coal 63%
  4. 4. Challenges facing the ports sector • supply chain bottlenecks and linkages • infrastructure access by SMEs • land use tension • duplication of regulatory processes • uncertain environmental management requirements • lack of community understanding of port operations
  5. 5. Queensland Ports Strategy • The blueprint for managing and improving the efficiency and environmental management of the state’s port network over the next decade • Draft released for public consultation to 13 December 2013
  6. 6. Related initiatives Governing for growth Moving Freight Queensland’s agriculture strategy National Ports Strategy Infrastructure for Economic Development Queensland Ports Strategy Cross jurisdictional planning State Planning Policy Great Barrier Reef Ports Strategy Strategic Assessment of the Great Barrier Reef
  7. 7. Overview of the strategy VISION Drive economic growth through the efficient use and development of Queensland’s long-established major port areas, while protecting and managing Queensland’s outstanding environmental assets THEMES Strategic use of ports Environmental protection Efficiency Supply chains Master planning KEY ACTIONS Establishing Priority Port Development Areas Concentrating port development Reviewing port governance Improving supply chain infrastructure coordination and delivery Developing a statutory master planning guideline
  8. 8. Strategic use of ports • Queensland ports have varying strategic functions including: – Supporting economic development by linking Queensland to global markets – Exporting local goods/commodities – Importing goods for remote communities – Defence operations – Cruise shipping
  9. 9. Establishing Priority Port Development Areas (PPDAs) • PPDAs will be declared at the ports of: – – – – – Brisbane Gladstone Mackay/Hay Point Abbot Point Townsville • These ports account for 98% of Queensland’s imports and 87% of the state’s exports by volume.
  10. 10. Priority Port Development Areas (PPDAs) • Critically located • Connected to centres of production and demand
  11. 11. Environmental protection • The government has committed to restricting any significant port development, within and adjoining the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, to within existing port limits to 2022. • The draft Queensland Ports Strategy builds on this commitment.
  12. 12. Concentrating port development The Queensland Government will prohibit capital dredging for the development of deepwater port facilities outside of PPDAs for the next ten years.
  13. 13. Efficiency: Reviewing port governance The government is reviewing commercial governance arrangements for Queensland ports. The review aims to: • improve Queensland’s productivity • minimise operational costs • maintain a similar level of service at least cost to government • deliver the most efficient and effective services • address the needs of local and port communities
  14. 14. Supply chains • The government is delivering frameworks to improve the coordination of supply chains to and from PPDAs including: – North Queensland Resources Supply Chain Project – Central Queensland Supply Chain Coordination Project – Bowen, Galilee, and Surat Basin Infrastructure Frameworks
  15. 15. Efficient use of supply chain infrastructure
  16. 16. Master planning Strategic use of ports Environmental protection Efficiency Master planning Planning Supply chains
  17. 17. Benefits of master planning • • • • • Clarity of port vision Additional economic value Better decision making Greater understanding of port needs Efficient management and delivery of infrastructure • Increased environmental protection • Streamlined development assessment process
  18. 18. Master planning at PPDAs • PPDAs required to prepare master plans in accordance with a statutory guideline • Required to include Environmental Management Frameworks • Community engagement and participation will be required
  19. 19. Consultation • Public consultation on the draft Queensland Ports Strategy is now open • Download the strategy or make a submission at • Consultation closes 13 December 2013 • Following public consultation, a final Queensland Ports Strategy will be released in early-mid 2014