Bumper month at Port of Mackay
Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said it was the first time the port’s monthly trade figure had started with a ‘4’.
“Achieving a monthly output of 448,065 tonnes in August is a great result for the Mackay team, compared to 277,624 tonnes recorded in the same month last year,” she said.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said these trade volumes had provided a huge boost to the economy when it was needed most.
“Fuel throughput has been at record levels of the past two months, with the August figure of 173,479 tonnes well ahead of the comparative month last year (159,612 tonnes),” Mr Bailey said.
“Raw sugar exports set a new monthly record at 129,000 tonnes, outstripping last year’s August result of 101,895.
“Tonnages for other commodities were also up, including molasses and scrap metal. And for the first time in five years, August saw 44,00 tonnes of grain go through the port.”
Mr Bailey said the state’s ports were preparing for the future, with two ground breaking agreements to export renewable energy recently signed off.
“In August we saw the Port of Hay Point, join Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure and international company ITOCHU in an agreement for hydrogen exports out of the Mackay facility.
“And now, the Port of Townsville and Ark Energy have signed an agreement to kickstart hydrogen production in the North.
“These transformative agreements will boost out economic development, create new jobs and substantially reduce our carbon emissions, backing Queensland exporters now and into the future.
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