Planning & Approvals

Ports North has played a significant role in the growth and development of the region over the past 100 years with pioneering developments across export and import facilities, tourism and community well-being.

Our approval process is governed by the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) which allows us  jurisdictional powers and responsibilities to manage development on our Strategic Port Land.

The SPA ensures any development plan is accountable, effective and efficient and delivers sustainable outcomes; manages the effects on the environment, including the use of premises; and continues the coordination and integration of planning at the local, regional and State levels.


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