RESIDENTS of Mackay and Hay Point have been invited to apply for one of 13 seats on North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation’s community reference groups (CRGs).
Six positions are available on the Port of Mackay CRG, including three community representatives, one local marina resident and two recreational group representatives.
Seven positions are available for community representatives and interest group representatives on the Port of Hay Point CRG.
Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the CRGs, which have been running for close to 20 years, provided an invaluable link between the port authority and its communities.
“The CRGs provide a forum for NQBP and community members to discuss and raise issues of relevance and mutual interest relating to port operations and development,” she said.
“I encourage locals to apply and get involved in the future of our port – it is such an important part of our community so it’s only natural residents should have a say.”
Minister for transport and main roads Mark Bailey said CRGs gave residents a voice through effective, two-way engagement.
“This is a way for locals to have direct contact with an organisation that impacts their lives on a daily basis,” he said said.
“The ports are clearly booming; Hay Point recorded a 13% in throughput during the last financial year while the Port of Mackay also recorded a 3% increase to exceed three million tonnes of throughput for only the third time in its history.”
“The community is a key strategy stakeholder for our ports, so their input is vital.”
NQBP acting CEO Brendan Webb said the Mackay and Hay Point communities were integral part of the ports.
“I would encourage anyone who is interested in regularly engaging with NQBP to apply for a position,” Mr Webb said.
The CRGs will also include a range of other representatives – from Mackay Regional Council, local businesses and the port industry to community and environment representatives and recreational users, including indigenous and youth representatives.
To apply, read the terms of reference and complete the nomination form at www.nqbp.com.au or in hardcopy from NQBP Office Level 1, Waterfront Place, Mulherin Drive, Mackay Harbour.
Nominations close 5pm Friday 24 August 2018.