Bundaberg Port industries benefit from $5.3m upgrade
The $5.3 million upgrade to improve truck access will allow Buss and Newman streets to become the main route for heavy vehicle traffic commuting into the precinct.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said with growth at the port doubling to more than 500,000 tonnes per year in just the last decade, and plans for Pacific Tug to establish a marine industry facility at the port, it was crucial to unlock more efficient heavy vehicle access.
“The Queensland Government knows just how important Australia’s $74 billion maritime industry is, and why it’s vital we develop our publicly-owned ports and establish our maritime jobs taskforce – of which the Pacific Tugs CEO is a member – to drive new opportunities,” he said.
“It’s great to see this project cross the finish line so Bundaberg can attract even more investment and the region’s world-famous exports can reach the globe.”
Gladstone Ports Corporation contributed $2.8 million to the road and drainage upgrades, with an additional $2.5 million provided through the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
GPC acting chief executive officer Craig Walker said the upgraded truck access into the precinct had greatly improved safety and would support future development opportunities at the port.
“We have inspected the works throughout the project, and the benefit to the area is instantly evident,” he said.
“This project has already allowed Knauf to unload its gypsum in a safer environment, with wider roads and better access – we are setting the Port of Bundaberg up for success.
“The upgraded drainage works that were completed as part of the project ensure existing vacant port land is readily available for new port industry development in the future.”