GLADSTONE Ports Corporation is celebrating its 107th birthday on 6 March.

The Gladstone Harbour Board first met in 1914 and since then the port has grown into a multi-commodity port and a gateway for trade and prosperity for the community and state.

Acting CEO Craig Walker said GPC is steeped in history and was part of central Queensland’s DNA.

“The port’s shipping history stretches back to the 1880s when live horse exports were handled at the then timber Auckland Point Jetty,” Mr Walker said.

“Since then, the facility has undergone numerous expansions and today consists of four wharves handling more than 2 million tonnes of cargo annually,” he said.

“GPC employees, past and present, have so much to be proud of. Some of our employees who’ve been here for decades have seen the evolution of the Port including the development of our parklands like East Shores.

“We’re so proud of how much we’ve achieved including harnessing globalisation and facilitating a renewable energy future, as well as growing our Ports of Bundaberg and Rockhampton,” Mr Walker said.

In the past financial year, 1868 ships visited our three ports with 122.5 million tonnes of total throughput recorded.

“Our 107th anniversary on Saturday 6 March, is a time to reflect on how far we’ve come and a fantastic reminder of our plan for the next 50 years.”