Property & Planning

Trade and Port Development

NQBP supports the establishment and expansion of trade within our four ports – Weipa, Abbot Point, Mackay and Hay Point.

If you have a prospective development, port related business, land requirement or you want to discuss how you can improve operational efficiency within our ports, please email

Either NQBP’s Senior Manager Commerce and Trade, Eddie Mallan, or Senior Manager Port Development, Grant Gaston, will coordinate our initial guidance on how NQBP can assist with your opportunity.

You will benefit from our significant understanding of ports, including planning, the availability of land and current infrastructure.

By engaging early with NQBP we can help you understand both the risks and major opportunities to consider as your port-related development progresses.

Port of Weipa handbook

Port of Abbot Point handbook

Port of Mackay handbook

Port of Hay Point handbook

Port Master Planning

The draft Queensland Ports Strategy published by the Queensland Government in October 2013 recommends 30 year Port Master Plans be developed for the proposed Priority Port Development Areas of Abbot Point and Hay Point/Mackay.  The Master Plans will provide a strategic vision for these ports.  The Queensland Government is developing statutory guidelines for preparation of these Master Plans which are expected to be released in the second half of 2014.  As port authority for these ports, NQBP will develop Master Plans to comply with the guidelines on their release.  

NQBP’s Port Master Plans will clearly communicate our long-term development plans to the community, providing direction to NQBP about future infrastructure investments and staging, and facilitating the development of NQBP’s Land Use Plans.

In order to prepare the Master Plans, NQBP will be reviewing infrastructure capacity and optimisation, identifying environmental constraints and assessing the future trade-related opportunities in the regions.

To ensure the Master Plans reflect the ideas and concerns of NQBP’s stakeholders, feedback will be sought during the preparation of the Master Plans for each port.  The draft Master Plan will then be made available to the broader community for comment before it is finalised and submitted to the Queensland Government for approval under proposed new ports legislation.

Land Use Plans

The Land Use Plans outline NQBP’s Strategic Port Land and governs the location of new development and operations at our ports.

NQBP’s Land Use Plans are developed in accordance with the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994 and are reviewed and rewritten at least every eight years.  All new development on Strategic Port Land must comply with the requirements of the Land Use Plan.

NQBP’s Land Use Plans complement NQBP’s Master Plans.

Port of Mackay Land Use Plan

Port of Weipa Land Use Plan

Port of Hay Point Land Use Plan

Port of Abbot Point Land Use Plan

Development Assessments

All new development or operations on Strategic Port Land must be approved by NQBP.  NQBP also acts as Assessment Manager under the Sustainable Planning Act for new development on Strategic Port Land.

NQBP’s Development Guidelines govern the physical and operational aspects of development on NQBP’s Strategic Port Land. NQBP has three Development Guidelines:

Development at the Port of Weipa must comply with the Port of  Mackay Development Guidelines.

The Development Guidelines outline the performance criteria that must be satisfied to address NQBP’s assessment requirements.

You will need to complete an NQBP development assessment application form.

Note: A new Development Code is being prepared to replace the three Development Guidelines. Like the existing Development Guidelines, the new Development Code will guide the physical and operational aspects of development on NQBP’s Strategic Port Land.  The new Development Code will outline the process to obtain NQBP’s approval, the material that must be provided to NQBP to support a new proposal, as well as the criteria that must be satisfied to address NQBP’s assessment requirements.