Gladstone region water and air quality

Monitoring of water quality, marine health and air quality are central to a comprehensive environmental framework that has been established for the Gladstone region.

The Queensland Government is committed to ensuring that the Gladstone region can continue its role as a key economic base with a sustainable and healthy environment.

    Water quality

    Gladstone is one of the most tested waterways in Australia, with long term monitoring programs carried out by government and industry in the region as well as an expanded monitoring effort to support management of the potential impacts of current development.

    Management and regulation of dredging program and other industries

    All dredging requires a development approval from the department. The approval issued to the Gladstone Ports Corporation for dredging sets limits for turbidity during dredging operations, requirements to maintain water quality in Gladstone Harbour to protect fish habitat and allow for the recovery of seagrass.

    All major industries are regulated with environmental conditions set by the department. Conditions for the dredging program and the LNG developments in Gladstone Harbour, as well as other areas of the state, provide stringent environmental controls.

    The Gladstone Ports Corporation is required to manage dredging, and dredge disposal, in accordance with the approval conditions set out by the State and Commonwealth governments.

    The department will take appropriate action against any industry found to be in breach of their development approval conditions.

    Water quality reports

    View current and historic water quality monitoring reports.

    Air quality

    • The department maintains a network of air quality monitoring stations in the Gladstone area. The monitoring stations provide data on the concentrations of the key pollutants likely to be influencing air quality. This is often referred to as the ambient air quality.
    • Monitoring and emissions regulation is ongoing. View the hourly air quality data.
    • The government implemented the Clean and Healthy Air for Gladstone project from 2007 to 2011. The program aimed to:
      • assess the impact of air emissions on the ambient air quality in Gladstone and assess the potential risks to human health associated with those emissions
      • assess whether the community has experienced adverse health outcomes as a result of those emissions
      • develop a contemporary approach to managing emissions in Gladstone, including better-targeted conditions for development approvals, improved planning and forecasting capability, and targeted regulatory compliance
      • identify whether further health monitoring or evaluation is required.