The Port of Townsville is a vital and strategic trading port for Queensland and is Northern Australia’s largest general cargo and container port. Townsville is the international freight gateway for the largest population centre in Northern Australia (700,000 people) and the Port is the country’s leading exporter of zinc, lead, sugar, fertiliser and molasses.
Port of Townsville’s trade is forecast to treble over the next 30 years, with particularly strong growth anticipated in containerised and general cargo.
In order for the Port to continue to service its customers effectively, the Port must remain internationally competitive and able to accommodate expected medium to long term changes in vessel sizes and shipping requirements. Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) is proposing an expansion of the Port of Townsville to accommodate future trade growth to 2040. Townsville Port Expansion Project (PEP) involves channel deepening, widening, and development of a new outer harbour, wharves, reclamation, and associated infrastructure to support new berths. Further information about PEP can be found in the Project Overview section.
PEP is currently being assessed under separate State and Commonwealth environmental assessment processes. A summary of key assessment milestones is outlined below.