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Ports Australia’s Port Sustainability Strategy Development Guide shortlisted as finalist with other Australian ports in IAPH Sustainability Awards

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May 18, 2021

Ports Australia’s Port Sustainability Strategy Development Guide has been shortlisted as a finalist among two other Australian ports for the 2021 International Association of Ports and Harbors Awards, which is now subject to a public vote.

The Guide has been shortlisted in the top-3 best projects under the Governance and Ethics category, a recognition the Ports Australia team is incredibly humbled by after dedicating years of collaboration with our membership to better understand sustainability planning and produce a robust and adaptable Guide.

Even more exciting is the Australian representation amongst the finalists, with both Port of Brisbane and Gladstone Ports Corporation (their projects listed on next page) in the running for a prize. Ports Australia will also be competing in the Governance and Ethics category against one of our valued members in DP World whose Global Education Programme is a deserved frontrunner.

A public vote will remain open on the front page of the World Ports Sustainability Program website homepage ( for two weeks until 8am Tuesday 1 June (AEST) and Ports Australia is calling for your help to vote for our Port Sustainability Strategy Development Guide. To vote, you’ll need to visit the website and vote for a project in each of the seven categories:

Resilient Digital Infrastructure, Resilient Physical Infrastructure (Port of Brisbane nominated), Climate and Energy, Community Outreach and Port City Dialogue – Social Dimension (Gladstone Ports nominated), Community Outreach and Port City Dialogue – Environmental Dimension, Health Safety and Security, and Governance and Ethics.

You can find all the projects here:

Ports see sustainability planning as essential to business success; it ensures we have an environment that is operational over the long-term and is supported by those we operate and interact with.

Ports Australia has endeavoured with this Guide to provide Australian ports with a systematic and robust approach to sustainability as they prepare their strategies or evolve the work they’ve already done. Read more about the launch of our Sustainability Guide here.

Ports Australia is coming up against two strong contenders in DP World’s Global Education Programme and Port of Cartagena’s UN SDGs integration in port sustainability.

Several of our members also entered the draw with their own innovative projects:

Gladstone Ports Corporation: Expansion of community parklands (finalist!)

Gladstone Ports Corporation: Enhancing safety performance

Port of Brisbane: Brisbane International Cruise Terminal (finalist!)

Solomon Islands Ports Authority: 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) campaign

Ports Australia’s CEO, Mike Gallacher felt honoured by the nomination and thanked colleagues across the membership and industry.

‘This recognition is credit to Ports Australia’s membership, particularly the Sustainability Working Group in consultation with Sprott Planning & Environment who pioneered this Guide document, all whose expertise our team simply couldn’t go without.

‘The sustainability journey we at Ports Australia have been taken on with our members has brought us to a new level of passion for the indispensable nature of sustainable practice and planning.

‘While Ports Australia does not expect to be recognised like this, it’s humbling and reassuring to know our work is valued and that sustainability planning is being realised as essential to ports globally.

‘Ports Australia is incredibly proud of the relationship we share with the IAPH and WPSP teams who are always supportive of the journey our ports in this unique part of the world are taking,’ Mike ended.

View all projects and vote at the WPSP website:

Media: Josh Appleton – E:

Ports Australia is the peak industry body representing port authorities and corporations, both publicly and privately owned, at the national level.

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