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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Treasurer and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Tim Nicholls
    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Ports back to pre-GFC coal volumes

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Treasurer and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Tim Nicholls

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

    Ports back to pre-GFC coal volumes

    Queensland’s coal passing through the major ports has returned to pre-GFC and pre-flood production in a further sign of a strengthening economy.

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the 16.257 million tonnes (Mt) of coal that moved through Queensland ports last month was the highest July total ever recorded.

    “Last year we saw the second highest movement of coking and thermal coal in Queensland’s history – 180.165Mt in 2012-13 compared to 183.11Mt in 2009-10,” Mr Emerson said.

    “That trend has continued with coal volumes through our ports last month two per cent higher than the previous record of 15.932Mt in July 2009.

    “Since March last year the Newman Government has worked with the industry to remove floodwaters and repaired road and rail lines in record time.

    “Our ports and transport infrastructure are responding to the increased volumes and this is a healthy sign for one of our major export commodities.”

    Port output in July 2013 was made up of:

    ·         Abbot Point – 1.92Mt up 79.5 per cent on July 2012

    ·         Dalrymple Bay – 5.14Mt up 37.4 per cent on July 2012

    ·         Hay Point – 2.52Mt up 10.2 per cent on July 2012

    ·         Gladstone – 5.75Mt up 18 per cent on July 2012

    ·         Brisbane – 0.94Mt up 35.8 per cent on July 2012

    Treasurer and Minister for Trade Tim Nicholls said the record July coal export totals were a further indicator that the Queensland economy was recovering from the effects of both the GFC and natural disasters.

    “The consistent message that’s coming from the economic data is that Queensland is performing well and is the best place in Australia for businesses to invest and grow,” Mr Nicholls said.

    “Our rural exports are also up, increasing 2.4 per cent in 2012-13 and more than a quarter of all business investment in Australia is happening in Queensland.”

    [ENDS] 22 August 2013

    Media Contact:

    Treasurer – Maree Lacey 0409 947 957

    Minister Emerson – Andrew Berkman 0429 128 637