Port of Bundaberg community forum

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Gladstone Ports Corporation will hold a community forum to discuss issues concerning the Port of Bundaberg on Thursday, 14 February.

All interested people are welcome to attend and hear about upcoming projects, forward planning and community initiatives.

There will be an opportunity for feedback and questions.

The corporation's 2017-18 annual report shows throughput at the port was 565,600 tonnes.

Sugar exports suffered a 28.55 per cent decline.

“The first import of gypsum to the Knauf Plasterboard factory was a key contributor to growth, as were increased silica sand and wood pellet exports,” the report states.

“GPC continued to investigate other opportunities to develop and expand trade.

“Supporting ventures in the State Development Area formed part of this.”

In 2018-19, GPC expects throughput for the Port of Bundaberg will continue to grow with the ongoing development of the silica sand, gypsum and wood pellet markets.

“GPC continues to explore other opportunities for future trade and expects to see an increase in dry bulk throughput,” the report states.

In February 2017 the State Government established the Bundaberg State Development Area (SDA) in response to a growing demand for land for port-related and industrial activities around the Port of Bundaberg.

The community forum on 14 February starts 5.30pm at the Gidarjil Environmental and Marine Training Centre, 2 Marina Drive, Burnett Heads.

GPC asks interested people to please register interest in attending by email to [email protected].