Work begins on new Common User Infrastructure at Port of Bundaberg QLD

Monica Gameng   |   July 23, 2022
Port of Bundaberg (cr: Queensland Government)

The delivery of a multi-million-dollar Common User Infrastructure at the Port of Bundaberg in Queensland is ramping up with the appointment of key contractors for the project. 

Gladstone-based Loftus Contracting and Clough’s wholly owned subsidiary e2o both have secured construction contracts. 

“I am thrilled to see this vital project not only progressing but supporting local jobs and local companies from Bundaberg and across the state. 

“This 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,” QLD Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said. 

Loftus Contracting will be undertaking the civil works for the project, which is already underway. On the other hand, e2o will be building the new conveyor infrastructure that includes modifications to the existing ship loading facilities along with structural, mechanical and electrical works. 

BME Australia – a local fabrication company – will be working closely with e2o for the fabrication of the main structural components, which will be fabricated locally in Bundaberg. 

“This project is another example of Queensland owned assets delivering for the people of Queensland, and especially for the people of Bundaberg. 

“Today’s announcement sparks a bigger, better future for Bundaberg’s port and for good jobs here in the Wide Bay,” QLD Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith said. 

The new Common User Infrastructure at the Port of Bundaberg will not only provide competitive and efficient loading facilities, but it will also enable for more export of bulk commodities such as minerals, timber products (wood pellets and woodchips) and agricultural products once it is up and running. 

“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. 

“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 Assistant Minister for Regional Development, Senator Anthony Chisholm said. 

This project is being delivered as part of the Hinkler Regional Deal, a five-year commitment between the Australian Government, Bundaberg Regional Council and Fraser Coast Regional Council that aims to boost economic development, resilience as well as liveability and community in the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay regions and surrounding areas. 

“This is an important project not just for the Hinkler, but for Queensland, as it will ensure this vital port can expand 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,” Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King said. 

The Australian Government has invested approximately $17.7 million towards the delivery of the Common User Infrastructure, with additional funding committed by Sugar Terminals Limited (STL) and Gladstone Ports Corporation in behalf of the Queensland Government. 

“It’s fantastic not just for the Port of Bundaberg but for the entire region to be expanding export capabilities,” Gladstone Ports Corporation CEO Craig Haymes said. 

“STL looks forward to working with our construction partners to ensure the successful completion of the Common User Infrastructure and that from early 2023, exporters will be able to access this critical infrastructure to enable them to efficiently load their products for international markets,” Sugar Terminals Limited CEO David Quinn said. 

The new Common User Infrastructure is due to be commissioned by April 2023. 

Source: Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government; Infrastructure Magazine; Queensland Government – Media Statements 

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