Queensland’s largest plantation forest grower has hit a milestone at Gladstone’s Auckland Point Berth with its 100th shipload of timber.
HQPlantations began exporting from Auckland Point Berth five years ago as part of a salvage operation following Tropical Cyclone Marcia.
Since then, the company has shipped more than 2.5 million cubic metres of timber from that berth to markets across China.
HQPlantations export operations and development manager Joseph Carter said its was a significant milestone for the business and its supply chain partners.
“Our sustainably managed plantations produce over 2 million cubic metres of logs annually and support both domestic and export industries,” Mr Carter said.
“In addition to enabling timber salvage, export through Gladstone Port has also allowed us to grow our markets into South East Asia for maturing timber surplus to domestic market requirements.”
The business manages several plantations in Central Queensland.
“The Byfield plantation is our fourth largest plantation in our estate and we expect to have completely restocked this area by 2025 following the devastation caused by Cyclone Marcia,” Mr Carter said.