Wharf works draw on regional skills
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said close to $2.7 million worth of works would be carried out on the wharf, as some of the structure’s aged timber members were repaired or replaced.
“One hundred per cent of the budget will be spent in North Queensland; with over half a million dollars to be injected into the Whitsunday region alone,” Mr Bailey said.
North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation chief executive officer Nicolas Fertin said the project would bolster the wharf and boost the local economy.
“We’ve worked with Wisely, the project’s principal contractor, and various Bowen stakeholder groups to maximise opportunities for local tradespersons and businesses to be involved in the works and we’re extremely pleased with the outcome,” he said.
Wisely chief executive officer Chris Bugeja said the company had experienced a great response to its local procurement process for the project.
“We’ve engaged 15 skilled persons to assist in the delivery of the works, seven of whom are from the Whitsunday region,” Mr Bugeja said.
“Specifically, the team comprises five specialist tradespersons from Wisely’s Mackay team, five tradespersons and operators from Bowen, two from Airlie Beach, two from Townsville and one from Cairns.
“The project will also boost Bowen’s business community, with several local businesses supplying goods and services such as hardware and building materials, waste disposal, accommodation and meals.”
The repair works are expected to take about six months to complete, weather permitting.