Port of Mackay to see record production

The Port of Mackay is expecting its best year of trade in 10 years, through the Palaszczuk Government’s economic recovery.

Queensland Premier, Anastasia Palaszczuk, and Member for Mackay, Julieanne Gilbert, visited the Port, a critical supply link for the local and state economy, earlier this month.

Palaszczuk said the Port of Mackay is on track to see a decade-long record in its production.

“The Port of Mackay has clocked up more than three million tonnes of cargo so far this financial year which – 24 per cent growth on the same time as last year,” she said.

“It’s on track to reach more than 3.3 million tonnes by the end of June which would equal its record trade and be the most in the last decade.

“A strong port means jobs and a strong economy for the region,” she said. “It supports 2,100 trade jobs and pumps $3.5 billion into the economy.”

Gilbert said the great result was underpinned by strong mining and agricultural industries in the region.

“The Port’s top three traded commodities are fuel, sugar, and breakbulk,” she said.

“Breakbulk cargo volumes in the year to date are also 25 per cent higher than the same period last year.

“In April alone, we saw more than 250,000 tonnes of cargo go through the Port – going from strength to strength at every step.”

In other news, mining company, Anglo American, has appointed a new CEO to lead its steelmaking coal business in Brisbane.