Woomera farewelled as project draws to an end
Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) Clinton Vessel Interaction Project (CVIP) farewelled the Woomera this week – a backhoe dredge that played a significant role in the successful delivery of this vital safety project for Gladstone.
The Woomera arrived in March, signifying the commencement of the project to deliver a permanent safety solution to the close passing of vessels in the Clinton Channel.
GPC Acting CEO Craig Walker said as Australia’s premier multi-commodity port, the CVIP will ensure the safety of all who work on, or in, the Clinton Channel.
“Safety is paramount at GPC, and this project has widened the channel by approximately 100 metres to allow vessels to safely pass each other,” Mr Walker said.
“Our focus is on the ongoing operation of a safe and busy port so we can continue to deliver sustainable economic growth and social prosperity for our region.
Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Member for Gladstone, the Hon. Glenn Butcher, said the project delivered a positive injection to the local area in uncertain times.
“Our local economy received a boost, with 55 Gladstone locals employed on GPC’s Clinton Vessel Interaction Project,” Mr Butcher said.
“Another 21 Gladstone businesses secured work, providing services such as crane hire, water supply and cleaning.
“This project has provided jobs and employment security for Gladstone locals and businesses while ensuring our Port remains strong and safe,” he said.
Cameron Hall CEO of Queensland-based Hall Contracting, appointed to undertake the important safety works, said they are proud to have worked with GPC and the Gladstone community.
“We know projects like this not only create jobs and contribute to the local economy, they also build capacity across the industry,” Mr Hall said.
“The project team – and the Woomera – have delivered this project safely, on time and in accordance with stringent environmental requirements, and we are proud of our achievements.”
The CVIP was the result of detailed planning and significant investigations to explore options to improve vessel interaction safety.
It was delivered under stringent environmental guidelines and, in a first for GPC, live environmental monitoring data was made available via the GPC website.
“Throughout the project, we completed ongoing water turbidity (water clarity) and light monitoring at a range of sites across Port Curtis. We also closely monitored sensitive receptors like seagrass to ensure the marine ecosystem remained healthy,” Mr Walker said.
“GPC is the gateway to trade, jobs and prosperity in Central Queensland. This project further demonstrates our commitment to ensuring our region is ready to take advantage of future opportunities,” he said.
The Port of Gladstone has been identified as a Priority Port Development Area within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area; the project is consistent with the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan (Commonwealth of Australia 2015).