Port revamp a springboard for recycling
In the past six months, the maintenance works have supported about 40 local jobs and invested more than a million dollars into the region.
The most recent maintenance work gave an old wharf a new-lease on life – with all concrete, steel and timber recycled and distributed to local and national businesses to be re-used.
The timber from the old wharf has been given a second life in Melbourne while the concrete has been crushed down to be re-used in Bundaberg on construction projects.
Earlier this year, GPC also demolished a decommissioned fuel tank terminal with Queensland-based demolition specialists DEMEX recycling seven demolished tanks, to make way for a new bulk handling facility.
Port of Bundaberg manager Jason Pascoe said there had been more than half a dozen maintenance projects taking place at the Port of Bundaberg over the past six months.
“The best part about the maintenance works is that the old materials will be recycled and used again,” he said.
“Everything from the old timber wharves to the steel which will be melted down and made into new steel. The fact that almost 100 percent of the materials from our maintenance projects will be recycled makes our team really proud and it aligns with our sustainable growth approach.”
Mr Pascoe said the major works translated into growth for the region.
“Over the past 12 years, GPC’s Port of Bundaberg has transformed with new roads and new businesses including the new plasterboard manufacturing plant, new bulk storage for wood pellet exports, the expansion of Pacific Tug’s operations and the Lady Musgrave Experience to name just a few,” Mr Pascoe said.
“Our major maintenance works are not only supporting a strong multi-commodity trade base but more importantly it has a flow on effect for jobs and growth in our region. The Port of Bundaberg is core to GPC’s strategic advantage.”
The GPC’s Bundaberg maintenance works are expected to continue next year along with the port’s capital works program including the development of the new common-user conveyor and bulk storage facilities and Pacific Marine Base Bundaberg’s stage-one barge operation facilities.
Below: Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith with Port of Bundaberg manager Jason Pascoe.
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