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Bundy all Aboard for Port Future
Bundaberg businesses and locals have seen an exciting preview of upcoming key projects, opportunities and operations for the city’s booming port.
At a business and community briefing this week, port officials outlined the draft 50-year Port of Bundaberg Precinct plan, its continued support of community investment initiatives, and exciting development projects which will provide prosperity for future generations.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said with industry recognising the potential for growth in Bundaberg, it was an opportune moment for locals and businesses to see how they could get involved.
“The Palaszczuk Government backs Bundaberg’s publicly-owned port and the recently released 50-year vision for its growth,” Mr Bailey said.
“Last year we saw increases in trade with throughput for molasses increase by 32,000 tonnes, sugar by 30,000 tonnes and gypsum by 6,000 tonnes.
“Recent agreements with STL and Australian Bauxite Limited demonstrate a strategic vision to grow investment and trade at the port.
“The fact throughput has more than doubled at the port to more than 500,000 tonnes a year in the past decade shows the port is delivering on that vision.”
GPC’s Port of Bundaberg Manager Jason Pascoe said he was committed to keeping the community informed and focussed on creating success for the region.
“We are on the verge of unprecedented opportunity, since GPC became responsible for the Port of Bundaberg in 2009, throughput has more than doubled to more than 550,000 tonnes a year,” Mr Pascoe said.
“We achieved this by diversifying trade, investing in infrastructure and working alongside local councils and industry.
“Our continued commitment to the Bundaberg and Wide Bay regions is helped along by our invaluable community support, allowing us to grow with domestic trends and global shifts.
“We value the opportunity to engage with our community around our key development and investment opportunities, having the setting to share and discuss our vision for the port.
“Last night we were able to provide an update on the draft 50-year vision, the Material Relocation Area, the Buss and Newman Street works and a general outlook for the port as we hit the half way mark in the 2019-20 financial year.
“I want to thank everyone that attended, we are proud to operate the Port of Bundaberg and partner with community groups to support some fantastic initiatives.”
GPC will hold their next Port of Bundaberg Update in 2020, more information and dates will be available in the New Year.