THE Port of Mackay’s second access way, Gudyara Road, will be opened to the public from 25 February 2020.

The 500-metre road, extending from Edmund Casey Drive to Slade Point Road, will improve port operational efficiencies, provide a second link to the port and create future land development opportunities.

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation CEO Nicolas Fertin said the works were completed on schedule, allowing for future planning to begin.

“The Port of Mackay is a gateway to central Queensland,” Mr Fertin said.

“Investments such as these are important to pursuing and facilitating future trade and connecting the port’s supply chain to key road infrastructure.”

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Mr Fertin said one of the highlights of the project was the employment opportunities provided to the local workforce.

“The $2.9m construction of Gudyara Road, carried out by Queensland contractor Shadforth, supported 15 local subcontractors and 76 local jobs during the project,” he said.

Another project highlight is the use of local Indigenous language to name the road.

The decision to use an Indigenous road name acknowledges the Port of Mackay is in the Traditional land and sea country of the Yuwi People and supports the recognition and revival of Yuwi language.

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