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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt
    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    Local firm secures accelerated project for Port of Mackay

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    Local firm secures accelerated project for Port of Mackay

    A $2.3 million investment in the Port of Mackay is underway with local contractors EPOCA Constructions starting work on a major infrastructure upgrade.

    Treasurer Curtis Pit said the latest aspect of this program of works will deliver a $1.9 million upgrade of the port’s Harbour Road East intersection and construction of a new 1.9 hectare laydown area.

    “This is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s Accelerated Works Program and is delivering much-needed jobs and investment in Mackay and the local economy,” he said.

    “Infrastructure investments such as the Harbour Road East upgrade are about improving efficiency and attracting new customers to help support the economic development of Queensland and the Mackay region."

    Ports Minister Mark Bailey said upgrading the Port of Mackay will help improve transport efficiency and help promote jobs.

    “Locals can expect to see up to 26 people employed on site through to the end of September when works are scheduled to finish,” Mr Bailey said.

    “This program of works will support trade growth for the next 25 years.”

    North Queensland Bulk Ports Acting Chief Executive Officer Jeff Stewart-Harris welcomed the investment.

    “In addition to the $1.9 million Accelerated Works package, NQBP has committed a further $400,000 for stormwater drainage on Presto Avenue and the completion of roadworks at Spiller Avenue,” Mr Stewart-Harris said.

    EPOCA Constructions Project Manager James Vazquez welcomed North Queensland Bulk Ports’ award of the construction contract.

    “As a local company of more than 40 years’ standing employing local people, we have a big stake in the ongoing development of the Port of Mackay,” Mr Vazquez said.

    New energy-efficient LED street lighting will also be installed to improve safety and visibility at the intersection.

    Media contacts:


    Treasurer’s Office: 0419 945 546

    Ports Minister’s Office: 0423 651 484

    North QLD Bulk Ports: 0427 050 666