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The city of Gladstone situated in Port Curtis, approximately 550 kilometres north of Brisbane, hosts one of Queensland’s fastest growing industrial bases, being served by one of Australia’s busiest ports, the Port of Gladstone. Gladstone’s economic base is underpinned by the regions world-class engineering, construction and manufacturing sectors and supporting infrastructure.

Major products handled within the port include coal, alumina, aluminium and cement, with new bulk handling records regularly achieved.

Despite the industrial hub, the region also supports commercial and recreational fishing and coastal water activities with high cultural values, being adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Since the time of dreaming, Koongo, place of water, Yallarm, place of shells and it's environments have been the home of the Byellee, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang and Taribelang Bunda nations. There are three distinct Indigenous Traditional Owner groups within the Port Curtis region (Bailai, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang and Taribelang Bunda nations). These groups have a special and significant relationship with the terrestrial and aquatic environment in the area (QEPA 2003).


The Gladstone Region provides the population of over 63,000 people with an enviable lifestyle within a strong and dynamic economy. With two of the world's largest Alumina refineries, Queensland's largest multi commodity port and a number of other major industrial giants sited locally, the Gladstone Region is known for it's employment opportunities and skilled workforce.

The Gladstone State Development Area continues to attract large industry to the region, including the fledgling Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry. A strong retail and service sector within the modern urbanised city of Gladstone together with tourism and primary production (particularly beef cattle and timber) provide abundant choice for workers and opportunities for business people.

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 the 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.