Port reservoir earmarked for demolition
North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) said demolition was due to start early March and was expected to take up to four weeks to complete.
NQBP chief executive officer Nicolas Fertin said the removal of the disused Mt Bassett water reservoir would improve safety.
“The Mt Bassett water reservoir was identified as having reached the end of its useful life as part of NQBP’s maintenance and repairs program,” Mr Fertin said.
“The reservoir was once used by the port as a potable water supply, but has not been used in many years.
“A safety inspection showed the demolition of the reservoir was necessary due to structural integrity issues.”
Razor Demolition manager Shane Worbey said the group was committed to supporting the local community.
It would be engaging local suppliers and supporting up to six local jobs on this project, he said.
Port of Mackay is in the midst of a $17 million works program including development of a new $8.5 million tug berth facility.
NQBP announced this month that North Queensland-based contractor Pacific Marine Group had won the contract to carry out that work.
The tug project complements a $1.8 million upgrade to Wharf Four, expanding its cargo capacity, and a $2.4 million project to extend Wharf 1, facilitating longer cargo.
“Local works by local business equals local jobs,” Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said.
“And here we’ll see another six jobs supported in the Mackay region, adding to those 100 already created as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s recent $17 million investment in the Port.
“We’re building a new $8.5 million tug berth facility, delivering major road upgrades including the $120 million Mackay Northern Access upgrade and these works to be carried out by Razor are vital to supporting our industries and more jobs.”
IMAGE: Razor Demolition manager Shane Worbey and NQBP port engineer Spyridon Gerontopoulos at the disused reservoir.