Shiver me timbers, old wharf comes up a treat
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the project had reinforced the wharf and supported the local economy.
“The repairs will ensure the wharf remains available to the public and continues to provide temporary towage infrastructure for Abbot Point’s towage operations,” Mr Bailey said.
He said local content had been a top priority for the project.
“Principal contractor Wisely delivered on this expectation with 23 North Queensland jobs created at the peak of the project, 17 of which were filled by persons from the Whitsunday region,” he said.
“The project also included 13 employees who identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
“More than $600,000 was spent in the local community, with Bowen businesses benefiting through ongoing accommodation bookings, meals and various other project supplies.”
Additional minor works will be carried out under the wharf in future weeks when tidal conditions permit, however this will not impact public access.
The wharf’s repair works involved the replacement of the worst wooden components including 66 timber girders, 12 corbels, 99 beams, 500 square metres of bridge decking ply and more than half a kilometre of timber deck planks.
North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) chief executive officer Nicolas Fertin said that while the project had been a success, it had not been without its challenges.
Additional work needed to be completed as sections of timber were lifted, he said.
“Given its age, and the fact that the operational use of the wharf has reduced considerably over the years, the lessons learned from this project will help us plan for the wharf’s future,” he said.
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