Gladstone Harbour:
A working port, rich in marine resources

The Port of Gladstone is Queensland’s largest multi-commodity port and the world’s third largest coal exporting terminal. It is a working harbour that supports a significant mining and gas industry.

Land use around Gladstone Harbour includes urban areas, industry, grazing and conservation on areas. Gladstone Harbour is also unique because it is a working port and part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, supporting a range of marine plants and animals as well as an important fishing industry.

The Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership (GHHP)
is proud to launch the Gladstone Harbour Report Card 2015.

Since the release of the Pilot Report Card 2014, GHHP has been working towards presenting the Gladstone Harbour Report Card 2015 to the community and stakeholders.

The Gladstone Harbour Report Card 2015 reports on 27 indicators derived from 78 separate measures of the health of the harbour, covering all four components of harbour health: environmental, social, cultural and economic.

The report card page on this website contains further information on the breakdown of each of the grades. A link to the 2015 Technical Report is also available on this page and details the methodologies used for compiling data and comprehensive results of each measure that has been tested.

The Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership is seeking feedback from the community and stakeholders on the 2015 report card in order to improve the reporting process for each annual report card. Contact us to have your say:

About the science and the technical reports

The 2015 Technical Report provides comprehensive details and statistics to support the Gladstone Harbour Report Card 2015. It contains detailed results and explanations for grades and scores, as well as how the grading system is applied to determine the results for each component.

The technical report not only explains the drivers and pressures that could influence monitoring and testing, but it also includes the reporting period in which testing was undertaken.

The report contains a full overview (including maps) of all 13 zone environmental grades and scores for each of the measurement levels.

Scores and grades for social, economic and cultural indicators are all included in the technical report, as well as each individual score for the extensive environmental indicators including; water and sediment quality, seagrass and corals.

Stewardship Charts

Stewardship of the Harbour

Stewardship has been defined by GHHP as ‘responsible planning and management actions’ and is intended for this purpose to capture information on management efforts by industries and port operators to maintain or improve water quality and Gladstone Harbour health.

The information reported through the stewardship framework (and associated report card) will be provided to the public as transparent information about management efforts to maintain a healthy working harbour. It will also help inform future management and investment decisions by showing where leading and innovative practice is already in use and where there may be room for improvement.

View the GHHP Stewardship Reporting Project

Welcome to Gladstone Harbour,
a beautiful place to explore.

From the surrounding creeks and estuary’s, to the beaches and islands off shore.

Let’s join Barry and Jenny, as they head off on an expedition. To learn about what’s involved in monitoring the harbour’s condition.

There are many factors to consider, to give the harbour the all clear. So scientists gather up data, and report back once a year.

Learn more about the
GLADSTONE HARBOUR: Barry and Jenny’s Expedition
and other resources developed by GHHP



The Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership acknowledges the traditional owners of the land and sea in the Port Curtis Coral Coast region, the Gurang, Gooreng Gooreng, Taribelang Bunda and Bailai people, and pays respect to the ancestors, the Elders both past and present, and to the people.

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