New bulk materials opportunity at Mackay
NQBP trade development manager Darren Fursman said Mackay was one of the major servicing centres for the Central Queensland mining and agricultural industries.
The storage area, available after the end of the previous lease, would be suitable for trades such as minerals, timber, construction materials, scrap metal, sugar and grains and other bulk commodities.
“As a business, we identified the potential for an area within the port to cater for a common-user facility that can accommodate a variety of bulk trades,” Mr Fursman said.
“The new common-user handling area provides regional businesses that need to import or export bulk materials the opportunity to get their product to market earlier, grow trade and, potentially, lead to the development of their own storage and handling facilities.”
The area has a large storage capacity, depending on the type of material. For example, it would have a maximum combined storage capacity for grain of about 48,000 tonnes.
The primary commodities currently traded at the port include fuel, sugar (raw and refined), grain, magnetite, fertiliser and scrap metal, as well as the port’s targeted growth market, breakbulk cargo.