The Port of Townsville has received approval to fund a $27.3 million investment into new cranes and cargo handling infrastructure.
Queensland Deputy Premier and Treasurer, Jackie Trad, said the investment would support the efficient operation of container and cargo handling berths.
“This project is incredibly important to the local economy, maximising the use of the newly developed Berth four as a multi-user berth,” Ms Trad said.
Ms Trad said Berth four is expected to be finished by early 2018, and the additional terminal storage capacity and infrastructure will attract future growth for the port and help to support North Queensland exporters.
Queensland Minister for Ports, Mark Bailey, said that this was an important step forward for Berth four.
“This approval allows the port to invest in its own cranes and cargo handling infrastructure to drive growth of container and general cargo at Berth four in the short to medium term,” Mr Bailey said.
Member for Townsville, Scott Stewart, said that the activity is part of the port’s long-term strategic vision to become the premier container port for Northern Australia.
“Here in Townsville we are perfectly positioned to grow our local export market; capitalising on its strong diversity of trade and close proximity to Asia,” Mr Stewart said.
Member for Thuringowa, Aaron Harper, said the Queensland Government was working with the port to help it expand.
“A key part of this development plan is the Townsville Port Expansion Project, which includes a $193 million Channel Capacity Upgrade,” Mr Harper said.
“This project proposes to widen the navigational channels into the Port of Townsville to accommodate larger ships.”