North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) has awarded the contracts for repair works on all three breakwaters at the Port of Mackay.
Local Mackay business CJD Investments (NQ) are the contractors for the Southern Breakwater repair works and MGN Civil will undertake works on the Middle and Northern breakwaters scheduled to begin in February 2018.
The repair works across all breakwaters will require approximately 80,000 – 90,000 tonnes of rock which will be sourced locally from quarries at Mt Bassett and Blue Mountain.
NQBP aims to have the repairs completed by the end of 2018.
NQBP General Manager Engineering and Development, Rochelle Macdonald, said, “We know how much the breakwater means to the people of Mackay. It’s where so many people come to enjoy a walk, cycle or drive and take in the magnificent views.
“That’s why NQBP has ensured the Southern Breakwater can remain open to pedestrians and cyclists during the repairs.
“There may be times access will need to be fully restricted for safety reasons. However, public access for pedestrians and cyclists is a priority.
“Please be reassured that there is no question about the current safety of the breakwater, however repairs are essential to ensure its integrity for future cyclone seasons.”