More than 100 industry delegates are expected to attend the first national Ports’ Business and Operational Conference in Townsville on June 26-27.
Port Australia chief executive Mike Gallacher said it was the perfect time to show support for Townsville and the region by holding the conference.
‘‘The recent floods only firmed our resolve to bring the nation’s port family to Townsville for a two-day event,’’ he said.
“Townsville is a Port city. The locals know the value of the port and the port works hard to be a proactive member of the community. That makes the city a perfect place to host the very first Australian Ports Operational Conference.’’
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey will open the inaugural event, which will be focused at the senior decision-makers whose operational responsibilities are critical for the day-to-day running of the nation’s port network.
“Ports play a vital role in keeping the Queensland and Australian economy moving. The Townsville Port alone supports more than 8,000 jobs and sees more than $8 billion in trade every year,” Mr Bailey said.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to driving jobs and economic development across Queensland, and we know that our state’s ports and maritime industries play a huge role.
“As the country’s number one exporter of copper, zinc, lead and sugar, I couldn’t think of a more fitting place to host this Australian-first ports event than right here in Townsville.”