RENEWABLE energy in Queensland is taking off, with the state estimating there is $4.2bn in projects underway or financially committed across the state.
These projects are in turn driving up trade through the Port of Townsville.
Visiting the Port this week, Queensland deputy premier and treasurer Jackie Trad said that this would significantly benefit the local economy and boost local jobs.
“Renewable energy will be a key driver of these jobs,” she said.
“You can see that at the Port of Townsville where more than 60% of the imports this financial year have been for renewable energy projects.”
Member for Mundingburra Coralee O’Rourke said the local economic benefits were positive.
“The recent shipment of 36 blades and 3500 tonnes of cargo will form part of the world’s first hybrid large-scale power plant,” she said.
And, member for Townsville Scott Stewart said that the Palaszczuk Government’s Investment into port lands and berths has seen facilities and operating efficiencies continuously improve.
“This year’s Budget allocates $18.6 million for 2018-19 out of a $27.3 million total spend to commence acquisition of Berth 4 cranes and development of associated cargo terminal areas to cater for future trade growth,” he said.
“This increases the competitiveness of the Port of Townsville and allows the Port to receive larger cargo containers like the recent shipment of wind turbine blades.”
Meanwhile, the Port of Townsville won bronze at the Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA) on Wednesday, an award recognising excellence in preparing annual reports.
Port of Townsville CEO Ranee Crosby said the award was recognition of the great teamwork between the port and local business TBD, which designed the Port’s annual report for 2016-17.
“Our Annual Report last financial year was a collaboration of ideas between the Port and TBD’s team, and it’s exciting to have been recognised for our work by an esteemed independent body,” she said.
“This is the first time we’ve nominated for an ARA so to get a gong is something we are proud of.”