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Port of Mackay’s $17m injection for local jobs

By Tammy Laval

Mackay’s economy to benefit from another $17 million in infrastructure projects over the next 12 months after State Government unveiled its latest capital program for the Mackay port.

Member for Mackay Juileanne Gilbert announced projects including the construction of a new tug berth facility; upgrades to Wharves 1 & 4; sewall repairs; and essential maintenance dredging – job-creating projects for our sugar city.

This announcement working inline with the development of the Mackay Ring Road and soon to build Walkerston Bypass, through to the port.

All of these projects are connected to ensure primary industries are supported with a road network to help farmers product get from the paddock, and mining industry pit to port.

The State Government in conjunction with North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) $17m package of works, looks to boost the regional economy to increase opportunities for attracting trade to the region, & strengthen Mackay port’s capabilities to handle diversified trade.

“The Port of Mackay is a place of work for about 360 people each day, and is critical to around 1,800 Queensland jobs in mining, agriculture, and logistics and facilitates $1.6B of trade worldwide,” Mrs. Gilbert said.

NQBP Chief Executive Officer Nicolas Fertin said Mackay’s multi-commodity port continues to build momentum in growing and as a gateway to the central Queensland region,” Mr. Fertin said.

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