THE jointly-funded $5.3 million Bundaberg Port road upgrade is complete, aimed at driving future growth and development opportunities.

Queensland transport minister Mark Bailey said with growth at the port doubling to more than 500,000 tonnes per year in just the last decade, and plans for Pacific Tug to establish an industry facility, it was crucial to unlock more efficient heavy vehicle access.

”The construction industry plays an essential role in keeping the state’s economy moving so we can’t lose momentum on projects that keep local people in jobs,” Mr Bailey said.

“I visited Bundaberg just a couple of weeks’ ago to meet with businesses already investing in the port like Knauff and Pacific Tugs, and see progress on this project.

“The Queensland Government knows just how important Australia’s $74 billion maritime industry is, and why it’s vital we develop our publicly-owned ports and establish our maritime jobs taskforce – of which the Pacific Tugs CEO is a member – to drive new opportunities.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the completion of the safety upgrade meant the Port of Bundaberg was ready for future investment.

“By increasing heavy vehicle access and improving safety for all road users, this should lead to more opportunities for existing and new businesses at the Port,” Mr Pitt said.

He said federal government’s $2.5m investment towards this project compliments the commitment of $10 million for a multi-use conveyor funded through the Hinkler Regional Deal.

GPC acting CEO Craig Walker said the upgraded truck access into the precinct had greatly improved safety and would support future development.

“The upgraded drainage works that were completed as part of the project ensure existing vacant port land is readily available for new port industry development in the future,” he said.