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Ports & the Community

The Queensland port industry is critical to the State of Queensland and the broader Australian nation - for the economy, the communities and for the ability to interact with global trading partners.

Ports are critical for the productivity of our nation.  As Infrastructure Australia acknowledges:

'Australia is a large landmass far from its international markets.  The ability to efficiently and reliably move goods through supply chains, particularly to and from these markets, substantially determines our productivity and economic performance'.

The Queensland coastline accommodates 15 trading ports, 2 community ports and 3 smaller gazetted ports located stretching from Burketown in the north-west, to Brisbane in the south-east corner.

Each port corporation is independently responsible for:

  • Strategic port planning
  • Port business development
  • Port infrastructure development
  • Environmental management and marine pollution
  • Port security and safety
  • Port efficiency
  • Maintain navigable port depths for shipping
  • Issuing licences, leases and permits to other organisations for use of port land, infrastructure, and facilities.



Contact Us:

Address:   Cnr Grafton & Hartley Streets, Cairns QLD Australia 4870

Postal:      PO Box 594, Cairns QLD Australia 4870

Phone:     + 61 7 4052 3888

Fax:         + 61 7 4052 3853

Email:       enquiries@portsnorth.com.au

Website:   www.portsnorth.com.au

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