Proposals - under assessment

The opportunity for the public to comment on a proposal is an important part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's environmental assessment and consultative processes. Interested parties are invited to contact us for more information, or to make a written submission in relation to the proposal.

The below proposals are in different phases of the consultative processes. 

Proposals under assessment

Improving the permission systemThe Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is seeking to improve its permissions system, which is a key tool for managing activities in the Marine Park. The public comment period has closed.
Queensland Shark Control Program

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has applied to continue operating its shark control program in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park waters.

The program involves the use of nets and drumlines in the Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Capricorn Coast and Gladstone regions.

An information package from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is available.

The public comment period has closed.
White Horse Australia Lindeman Pty LtdWhite Horse Australia Lindeman Pty Ltd propose to redevelop the existing resort at Lindeman Island. A component of the project is within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and will require permission from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The proposal includes a new harbour to provide access for the transfer of guests via ferries, luxury vessels and private charters which offers greater protection from the prevailing wind directions. Capital dredging is proposed in the construction of the harbour.The Coordinator-General has declared the project to be a coordinated project. The Federal Environment Minister determined the project a 'controlled action'. Public consultation by the Coordinator-General on the draft terms of reference for an EIS has now closed.
Hamilton Island Enterprises Limited Hardy Reef PontoonHamilton Island Enterprises Limited is proposing to upgrade, install and operate a replacement tourism pontoon and conduct a tourist program with an ancillary vessel on an existing mooring at Hardy Reef. The existing Hardy Reef pontoon is located within the Whitsundays Management Area of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It is due for replacement and it is proposed to attach a new pontoon to the existing mooring. The upgraded pontoon will be used for tourist activities and will feature an upper level helicopter landing pad leading down into an enclosed lounge area with equipment storage. An ancillary vessel will be berthed within the structure.  An information package is available.The operation of a facility requires permission under theGreat Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan 2003. The public comment period has closed.
Mission Beach safe boating infrastructureThe Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (QLD) is proposing changes to boating facilities at Boat Bay Reserve, Mission Beach. Activities proposed within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are: a 125-metre breakwater to shelter the Perry Harvey jetty, a pedestrian access ramp on Perry Harvey jetty, and two heavy duty moorings buoys. At Clump Point boat ramp, the proposal is for: a third boat lane, a second launching pontoon, a 1880 square metre reclamation to increase vehicle turn-around space and car parking, seawall repair works and the removal of two obstacles from the channel on approach to the boat ramp. An information package is available.Permits for the Clump Point boat ramp have been granted.
Bowen Basin Terminal proposal

Hay Point Exports is proposing to construct and operate a barging and transhipping terminal, the Bowen Basin Terminal, at Hay Point south of Mackay.The proposal would require a permit under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act.

GBRMPA and the Department of the Environment are working together to make an initial assessment of preliminary information to determine if the project is likely to impact on matters of national environmental significance.
Public comment period for the initial referral has closed.

Gladstone Port channel duplication (Gladstone Ports Corporation)

EPBC 2012/6558

Gladstone Ports Corporation proposes to duplicate the existing Gatcombe and Golding Cutting channel in the Port of Gladstone. The proposal involves 12 million cubic metres of dredging. It is proposed the dredged sediment will be disposed of inside the Marine Park at a new spoil ground, as the current disposal site will be at full capacity. The relocation and construction of navigational aids for the channel is also proposed.

The proponent is preparing the EIS.

Cairns shipping development (Trinity Inlet) project (Far North Queensland Ports Corporation Ltd)

EPBC 2012/6538

Far North Queensland Ports Corporation proposes to upgrade existing port infrastructure in Cairns to allow larger vessels to enter, in particular cruise ships. The proposal includes modifying existing shipping and inner harbour channels (widening, deepening) and the creation of a new shipping swing basin. The proposal involves dredging of approximately five million cubic metres of capital material and 580,000 cubic metres of annual maintenance material throughout project operations. Expansion of the existing spoil ground boundaries inside the Marine Park or establishment of an alternative site (inside the Marine Park) to accommodate dredge spoil is likely to be proposed.The proponent is preparing the EIS.

Waratah Coal export facility, Port of Abbot Point (Waratah Coal Pty Ltd)

EPBC 2012/6250

Waratah Coal Pty Ltd proposes to construct a new coal export facility at the Port of Abbot Point. The terminal expansion will comprise various onshore and offshore infrastructure components. The main components of the proposed development include new rail infrastructure, stockyards, conveyors, jetty with eight berths, wharf and other ancillary buildings and infrastructure. The proposal includes dredging of an entrance channel, swing basin and berth pockets. Proposed dredging volumes and disposal activities are unclear at this stage.The proponent is preparing the EIS.

Wongai underground coal mine project in Cape York (Aust-Pac Capital Pty Ltd)

EPBC 2011/6092

Aust-Pac Capital Pty Ltd is proposing to construct and operate a new underground coal mine in Cape York. The proposed development includes a barge loading facility in the Marine Park (transhipping), jetty and moorings, and ultimate decommissioning of the mine.The proponent is preparing the EIS.