Gladstone Economy Receives a Boost with
55 Jobs From GPC’s CVIP Project
Gladstone’s economy received a boost in April with 55 Gladstone locals employed on Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) Clinton Vessel Interaction Project (CVIP).
Another 21 Gladstone businesses secured work, providing services such as local fuel supply, local equipment maintenance and hire and local transport and delivery.
GPC’s Acting CEO Craig Walker said the project was a good boost for the area in uncertain times.
“The CVIP project is forecast to employ an average of 37 locals over the six-month project; April being a busy month meant jobs for 55 locals and work for many local businesses,” Mr Walker said.
“This project is providing jobs and employment security for Gladstone locals and businesses while ensuring our Port remains strong and safe.”
The project will improve safety by widening the Clinton Channel by approximately 100 metres, with work expected to reach completion in the second half of 2020.
“Our focus is on the continued operation of a safe and busy port so we can continue to deliver sustainable economic growth and social prosperity for our region,” Mr Walker said.
The project is managed under stringent environmental guidelines and its schedule has been extended to allow for a slower and more precise delivery methodology to further protect GPC’s operating environment.
Cameron Hall, CEO of Queensland-based dredging and civil construction business Hall Contracting – the company undertaking the works – said he was pleased to be contributing to local employment at a time when so many Australian workers were experiencing the economic impacts of COVID-19.
“Having been deemed an essential service, we have a very important role to play throughout the global pandemic and we’re proud to be supporting local jobs and helping to keep the economy afloat during these challenging times,” Mr Hall said.
“This project will not only benefit the Gladstone region, but also Queensland as a whole.”
Shipping between WICET and RG Tanna Coal Terminal is not affected while works are undertaken.
GPC prides itself as the gateway to Central Queensland’s trade, jobs and prosperity, and is resolute in its commitment to ensuring the region is ready for the next wave of globalisation, new energy and new technology.