The 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit outlines that infrastructure supporting further growth in national mineral and gas exports, including highways, rail and port infrastructure, plays an essential role as a catalyst for growth and development in northern Australia. Improving connections to ports will be essential to supporting these industries.
In 2019–20, the Port of Gladstone had 1,868 ships call to transport 34 major cargoes, totalling over 122.5 million tonnes. The port’s most recent 50-year plan (2012) envisages the port’s capacity will ultimately grow to 250–300 million tonnes per year. The Audit noted that the Port of Gladstone handled around 7.5% of Australia’s total bulk imports and exports (measured in gross mass tonnes) in 2012–13.
Gladstone Ports Corporation has identified a number of opportunities to invest in infrastructure to underpin growth in CentralQueensland’s mining, export and agricultural sector. These opportunities relate to land and sea access infrastructure designed to support productive supply chains to the Port of Gladstone.