Three infrastructure projects costing almost $6 million are now underway at Port of Mackay, including a large laydown and washdown area to support a growing mining machinery trade.
North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) says the construction projects, under lead contractor Shadforth, are supporting up to 120 local jobs.
NQBP chief executive officer Nicolas Fertin said a $2.9 million extension of Edmund Casey Drive remained on track to be completed next year.
“Most of the earthworks and installation of services such as water pipeline and stormwater drains are completed,” Mr Fertin said.
About 8000 cubic metres of earth has been moved to accommodate the new 500m road and 1.5km of electrical cabling is being installed to power 18 new street lights.
In addition, construction has started on $2.8 million laydown and washdown facility.
“The large laydown and washdown area will modernise the facilitation of washing down and storage of imported goods subject to biosecurity controls at the Port. This will support future growth in the mining and agriculture machinery market,” Mr Fertin said.
In order to facilitate large cargo movements within northern laydown areas inside the port, 760m of overhead powerlines are being undergrounded and 900m of water mains are being replaced.
“The Port of Mackay is a gateway to Central Queensland,” Mr Fertin said.
“These investments are important to pursuing and facilitating future trade and connecting the port’s supply chain to key road infrastructure, including the $497 million Mackay Ring Road.”