Rock on a roll as seawall takes shape
This is more than half of the total rock required to build the protective wall that will help reclaim an additional 62ha of land for port operations.
The work is the first phase of a project that will eventually widen the approach channel to the port, allowing ships of up to 300 metres in length to visit Townsville.
Local quarry companies Holcim and HyTec along with Ravenswood Gold mine are supplying 750 000 tonnes of rock, and Queensland company Hall Contracting is building the 2.2km wall.
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the Port upgrade had created a jobs and an economic boost for Townsville.
“It’s fantastic to see the the rock wall powering ahead at a time when Townsville, like the rest of the country, needs an economic injection,” Mr Tudge said.
“Off the back of the City Deal, getting work underway on this project is crucial to the Morrison Government’s priorities as we rebuild the economy during COVID-19.”
The Australian Government is contributing $75 million to this project as part of the Townsville City Deal, which will see the biggest improvement to the port in several decades.
More than 70 port staff, rock supply and construction employees are involved in building the rock wall, and more than 10,000 project hours have been completed so far.
Construction of the wall will be completed early next year, with dredging to widen the channel beginning immediately thereafter. The dredge material will be used to reclaim the land area created by the wall.
The entire project remains on track to be finished by the end of 2023.
The Port of Townsville Channel Upgrade is a joint project of the Queensland and Australian governments and Port of Townsville Limited. The Channel Upgrade forms part of the Townsville City Deal signed in December 2016.
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