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Woomera signals start of work for 37 Gladstone locals and improved safety at GPC
Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) Clinton Vessel Interaction Project (CVIP) has entered the next phase of work, with Hall Contracting’s backhoe dredge, Woomera, arriving in Gladstone today.
The arrival of the Woomera signals the creation of 37 jobs for Gladstone locals, together with job opportunities for the region as the project continues. Hall Contracting is the principle contractor for this project and it is fantastic to see a Queensland based company undertaking this work in Gladstone.
GPC Acting CEO Craig Walker said as Australia’s premier multi-commodity port, GPC welcomes the Woomera and what its arrival means for locals and the region.
“In addition to creating at least 37 local jobs, the arrival of the Woomera signals the start of a project that will ensure the safety of shipping transiting the Clinton Channel,” Mr Walker said.
“Spanning a massive 65 metres in length, the Woomera is a Backacter (BA) 900 model that was designed in the Netherlands and recently completed similar work in Cairns for Ports North.
“The major marine equipment to support the project has been mobilised and will be ready to get to work in the coming weeks.
“CVIP is a critical marine safety project that is the result of detailed planning and significant studies.
“The transit of ships and recreational boating will not be affected and this project will further enhance this port’s renowned best practice safety reputation.
“The project has strict controls and will be closely monitored so as not to cause any disruption to commercial or recreational marine traffic.
“The project will be delivered under stringent environmental guidelines and, in a first for GPC, environmental monitoring data will be available on our website.
“We will be monitoring water turbidity (water clarity) and light at a range of sites across Port Curtis. We will closely monitor sensitive receptors like seagrass, and take action as required to ensure the integrity of our marine ecosystem,” Mr Walker said.
Environmental data from a range of parameters including water quality and light-reaching sensitive receptors will be available for the duration of the project.
The project has met stringent environmental standards set by the Queensland and Australian governments. Following a detailed assessment, the project received federal government approval in July 2019 under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, with state government approval received in March 2019.
“GPC is the gateway to trade, jobs and prosperity in Central Queensland. Approximately 1 in 4 jobs in regional Queensland are linked to trade. This project further demonstrates our commitment to ensuring our region is ready to take advantage of future opportunities,” Mr Walker said.
Work is expected to commence at the start of March 2020 and will finish in the second half of 2020.
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).