'One Gladstone' begins post-coal future


* Gladstone Regional Council's 10-year plan kicks off industrial transformation

* Council, port and industry say they are working as "one Gladstone" to make it happen

* Gladstone's population of 60,000 is expected to triple in 10-20 years as tens of thousands of jobs are added

* Long-term, greater use of cheaper renewable energy to cut bills and carbon emissions

* Multi-commodity port to adjust to critical minerals and renewable energy equipment

* Currently, the port handles a quarter of Australia's LNG and 40 per cent of its coal

* Region's largest employer Rio Tinto has a decarbonisation plan that locks in change

* Dozens of delegations flocking to Gladstone as the world seeks hydrogen and ammonia

* New naval base tipped as geopolitics push Australian military assets north

* Road map to 2032 tackles six key themes to avoid another boom-bust cycle

* Energy security, reliability and affordability key as high power prices accelerate decarbonisation

* Building the hydrogen industry as a new energy substitute for gas, coal, oil and diesel

* Diversifying the regional economy and benefiting from Gladstone's existing industrial knowledge

* Workforce development to tackle labour shortages and retraining, bringing jobs to more people

* Capturing community benefits for all, not just the winners of the next boom

* Protecting and repairing the environment as new projects add to demand for land and water

* But the state-owned port expects coal and gas exports to continue for decades.

The reporter travelled to Gladstone as a guest of Gladstone Regional Council and The Next Economy.