Port of Bundaberg upgrade to boost efficiency following $17M-plus in investment

A new project at the Port of Bundaberg is expected to boost loading efficiencies for bulk minerals and agricultural products.

The works involve a new bulk goods conveyor facility at the port.

Engineering firm, e2o, will complete the construction of the new conveyor infrastructure including modifications to the existing ship loading facilities and the structural, mechanical and electrical works.

Local fabrication company, BME Australia, will work closely with e2o on the fabrication of the main structural components, all of which will be fabricated in Bundaberg.

Once complete, the Common User Infrastructure will provide an opportunity to increase exports of bulk commodities including minerals, timber products (wood pellets and woodchip) and agricultural products.

The Australian Government has committed up to $17.7 million in funding for the project, with additional funding committed by Sugar Terminals Limited (STL) and Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC), provided on behalf of the Queensland Government.

The project is part of the Hinkler Regional Deal, and is expected to be commissioned by April 2023.

“This project is great news for the people of Bundaberg but also the broader Burnett region, creating jobs and opportunities for businesses in the region,” said Federal Assistant Minister for Regional Development, Senator Anthony Chisholm.

“The Federal Government understands how important it is to create jobs and opportunities across regional Queensland, and projects like this show our continuing commitment to that.”

Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King, said it will ensure the port can extend its export capabilities and is ready for the future.

“Constructing this new conveyor facility will unlock opportunities for local producers to compete in world markets, supporting businesses and the regional economy into the future,” said King.

For Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, this project is another example of the Australian and Queensland Governments working together with private enterprise to invest in a stronger future for Queenslanders and local business.