- Ports Australia and the Queensland Ports Association (QPA) has prepared this paper to provide factual information on key issues related to the role of Ports in the Great Barrier Reef region.
- Port activities have been a key focus in recent years, particularly where environmental and heritage matters related to the Great Barrier Reef are concerned.
- Ports Australia and the QPA are affiliated peak industry bodies representing all Queensland port authorities: Brisbane, Gladstone, North Queensland Bulk Ports, Townsville and Ports North.
2.0 IMPORTANCE OF PORTS
- Ports play a key role in maintaining coastal populations by providing vital supplies such as building products and fuel that can only be provided through shipping and ports.
- Ports are critical in supporting regional industries such as the mining, beef and sugar cane industries enabling the economy to grow through the export of their agricultural and mineral commodities.
- The importance of ports and their efficient functioning is recognised in the National Ports Strategy, National Land Freight Strategy, the Queensland Ports Strategy and related transport legislation and regulations.
It is critical that access and operations at ports in the Great Barrier Reef region is maintained.