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$193 Million Port Upgrade – Townsville

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The Queensland State Government has announced that the upgrade of the Townsville’s port is under construction, with the first rocks of the 2.2km protective rock wall laid.

Alan Tudge, Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure outlined that the  upgrade would be the Port’s largest ever expansion in its 156-year history.

“It means cruise and commercial vessels up to 300 metres in length will be able to safely access the Port of Townsville,” “It’s a massive change that will generate jobs and boost the local economy.” Mr Tudge said.



Jackie Trad, outlined the upgrade would provide a significant boost for jobs and the North Queensland economy, allowing cruise and commercial vessels up to 300 metres long to safely access the port.

“This is the biggest change to the port in almost 30 years and is one that will support jobs in Townsville for decades to come,” “More than 70 port staff, rock supply and rock wall construction employees will be involved in the rock wall construction phase, joining more than 3,200 Townsville jobs created by the Queensland Government as part of its $930.7 million budget for the region.” Ms Trad said.

Mark Bailey, Transport and Main Roads Minister  outlined the Port of Townsville is the gateway for projects as far away as Mount Isa and this investment will ensure the entire North Queensland economy can benefit now and into the future.

“We’ve seen trade at the port increase 4.7 per cent with 7.68 million tonnes of freight going through its gates, alongside 16 cruise ships visited the city bringing with them 20,000 visitors,”

“It’s why the Queensland Government is investing in a $193 million upgrade of the port channel, $40 million Berth 4 upgrade and $48 million intermodal facility.” Mr Bailey said.



Phillip Thompson, Member for Herbert  outlined he was pleased to see the Australian Government’s $75 million investment delivering results.

“The sooner the rock wall is built, the sooner we can dredge the channel, and start seeing more and bigger ships using our Port,”  “That will only mean more freight coming in and out, and ultimately more money being injected into Townsville’s economy,” Mr Thompson said.

Scott Stewart, State Member for Townsville  outlined the port is a critical regional hub that drives economic growth, generates jobs, and plays a significant role in Australia’s defence capabilities.

“It’s great to see the contractor recruiting locally to help lay at least 600,000 tonnes of rock,” “When the port is strong, our city is strong”

“Holcim has put on more workers to meet the contract from its Roseneath quarry, while HY-TEC also has a contract to supply rock from its quarry at Calcium.” Mr Stewart said.

Project Details
– 12 months to complete
– 550 metres seaward
– northern side about 1.1km in length
– protective bund around a 62-hectare reclamation area.

Ranee Crosby, Port of Townsville CEO outlined today’s event was an important one for the project, which is a key initiative under the landmark City Deal between the Federal, State and Local Governments.

“We are immensely proud of the more than 70 Port staff, contractors and specialist advisors that have made this happen. This rock wall construction is the first major change to the Port’s physical footprint in almost three decades,” Ms Crosby said.

The Townsville Channel Upgrade is a joint project of the Queensland and Australian governments, and Port of Townsville Limited.  The Channel Upgrade forms part of the Townsville City Deal signed in December 2016.

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Source: Information, Drawings and Images
All article information is sourced and available for review from referenced locations.
– Media Release: Construction underway on historic Port of Townsville upgrade
– Images: Port of Townsville and Construction Environmental Management Plan
– Interactive Image: Google Streetview and Aerial

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