Recently the Queensland Government released the Queensland Ports Strategy and the Economic Directions Statement for Queensland Airports to provide these sectors and private investors information on future infrastructure management, development and investment.
Queensland Ports Strategy – Draft for Consultation
The Queensland Ports Strategy – Draft for Consultation was released on 17 October 2013. It calls for submissions from the public on the Queensland Government's draft strategy to increase the efficiency of Queensland's ports, while protecting and managing environmental assets.
The diagram below outlines the Queensland Government's five key actions to improve the capacity of Queensland's ports and drive infrastructure investment and development.
Figure 1. Queensland Ports Strategy vision and key actions.
The Queensland Government has outlined five Priority Port Development Areas (PPDAs) including the ports of Brisbane, Gladstone, Hay Point (Mackay), Abbot Point and Townsville.
The Government will provide assistance to the PPDAs to enable staged expansion of the ports and terminal capacity while protecting land, marine capacity and infrastructure for future port development. Proposed new legislation will also streamline the planning and development approval process. Jeff Seeny, Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, has essentially given the PPDAs a "licence to grow".
The proposed legislation will prohibit any capital dredging outside the PPDAs until at least 2024 in accordance with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation World Heritage Committee recommendations for the protection of the Great Barrier Reef.
The Government is also reviewing the whole of network connections to improve supply chain infrastructure to the ports. The review will identify where increased infrastructure is required and how to improve current logistical practices while maximising the use of existing transport corridors.
A review of port governance and the development of statutory master planning guidelines will also be undertaken with new legislation to be implemented in order to assist the Queensland Government's key actions.
The draft strategy will be open to public submissions until 13 December 2013.
A copy of the Queensland Ports Strategy – Draft for Consultation can be found here.
Economic Directions Statement – Queensland Airports
The Economic Directions Statement was released by the Queensland Government to enable informed planning and investment decisions and strengthen collaboration between private investors and the Government for the future of Queensland Airports.
The paper focused on 40 airports throughout Queensland which the Government has marked as strategically significant for economic growth. The paper also focused on the proposed new airports at Toowoomba and Galilee Basin which will assist in growth of the resource sector.
Strategic Principles and Priority Actions
The Government has outlined strategic principles to ensure economic development in the aviation sector. These strategic principles will be implemented through two types of priority actions – Airport Development and Industry Development.
Airport Development and Industry Development priority actions will assist economic development by:
providing advice to airport owners, managers and operators around airport master planning, approval processes and expansion projects
developing tenure arrangements for state reserve and leasehold land on, or nearby, airports that support economic development
developing consistent and evidence-based vegetation management policies and processes for land on, or nearby, airports to enable growth
working to remove any obstacles to the growth of passenger traffic in ways that do not restrict the future growth prospects of general aviation and training providers
working with local councils to address blockages to growth and ensuring effective co-existence with local communities and industries
working with airport owners and operators to ensure airport precincts are business ready by streamlining planning, assessment and approval processes and by encouraging and assisting airports to develop strong connections to domestic and international markets
facilitating planning approval processes, consistent with state planning policies, to accelerate the development of maintenance, aviation industry and passenger infrastructure
working with transport service providers and the private sector to ensure airports are serviced by effective supply chains and, where appropriate, are part of integrated multimodal transport hubs.
A copy of the Economic Directions Statement – Queensland Airports can be found here.
 Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, "Queensland Ports Strategy – Draft for consultation", October 2013