Great Barrier Reef Ports Strategy draft due out today

THE State Government is set to release its blueprint for development impacting the Great Barrier Reef.

After months of consultation and criticism from environmental organisations such as UNESCO, the Queensland Government will on Thursday release its draft Great Barrier Reef Ports Strategy.

The plan will set the guidelines for how the government approaches port development over the next 10 years.

Deputy Premier and State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Jeff Seeney said development would be confined to existing major ports where there was "considerable scope for future development", such as Abbot Point and Gladstone.

"We are going to support the economic development of Queensland, but we will also make sure that we protect the environment as new projects come up for assessment," he said.

"It is clear the reef needs protection.

"This strategy is about working with ports and industry to appropriately manage their future sustainability, taking into consideration the impacts of development."

The Government's adherence to sticking to existing port developments is in line with a UNESCO recommendation handed down after the international environmental group toured the world heritage reef this year.

The strategy can be downloaded from the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning's website

The public consultation period is open until mid-December.


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