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Public consultation on the review of inner harbour capital dredging for the Port of Cairns

Have your say on the Port of Cairns capital dredging review

The Queensland Government is currently undertaking a review of the Port of Cairns capital dredging provisions contained in the Sustainable Ports Development Act 2015 (Ports Act).

The Port of Cairns is a multi-purpose regional port that caters to a diverse range of operations from project, bulk and general cargo, cruise shipping, fishing fleet and reef passenger ferries, to naval and defence activities. Its future development and the protection of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA) are important for Far North Queensland and the state.

For the Port of Cairns, the Ports Act includes provisions (section 35(2)(b) and (3)) that allows the carrying out of limited capital dredging for a port facility within the inner harbour of the Port of Cairns.  Up to 50,000 cubic metres of material can be approved to a limit of no more than 150,000 cubic metres of material within a 4-year period.

The Ports Act also includes a provision (section 38) that requires a review of sections 35(2)(b) and (3) to be completed (the review). The review required by section 38 of the Ports Act is currently underway.

No sea-based disposal of port-related capital dredged material is permitted in the GBRWHA for the Port of Cairns or any other port.

All submissions received during the public consultation period will be considered during preparation of a report about the review outcomes.

Have your say

Public consultation provides the opportunity for the community to formally comment on the review.

Public information sessions

Public information sessions are being held in Cairns to provide the community with the opportunity to talk to the project team about the review. RSVPs are not required, just turn up.

Venue:  Marina Room, Shangri-La Hotel, 1 Pier Point Road, Cairns
Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Time: 5–7pm

Venue: Marina Room, Shangri-La Hotel, 1 Pier Point Road, Cairns
Date: Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Time: 5–7pm

For more information

If you have any enquiries about the review, please email your questions to:

Written submissions

Any person or entity may make a written submission about the review from Tuesday 3 December 2019 to Friday 7 February 2020 by 5pm.

Submissions must:

  • be made in writing to the Minister for Transport and Main Roads
  • state the name and contact details (email and/or postal address) of each person or entity who is making the submission
  • be received by 5pm Friday 7 February 2020
  • be received via email at or posted to:

    Sustainable Ports Planning
    Transport Strategy and Planning
    Department of Transport and Main Roads
    GPO Box 1549
    Brisbane QLD 4001

Comment now


Submit your response now. Closes 7 February 2020, 05.00pm.

Last updated
 3 December 2019

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