RESIDENTS living near the Ports of Mackay and Hay Point are encouraged to nominate for a seat on North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation community reference groups

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the CRGs, which have been running for almost 20 years, provide an invaluable link between the port authority and its communities.

“The Port of Mackay and Hay Point are critical to around 22,000 Queensland jobs in mining, agriculture and logistics and facilitates $1.8B of trade worldwide,” Mrs Gilbert said.

“The community is a key strategic stakeholder for our ports, so their input is vital. Mackay and Hay Point communities are an integral part of NQBP ports.

“Making sure our communities and ports flourish through continued investment is crucial to creating jobs as part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery through COVID-19.

“I would encourage anyone who is interested in regularly engaging with NQBP to apply for a position.”

NQBP CEO Nicolas Fertin said the CRGs provide a forum for NQBP and community members to discuss and raise issues relating to port operations and development.

“NQBP CRGs enables members to provide feedback, raise any concerns and to share how we can work together to improve our port communities.

“I would also like to acknowledge our current CRG members, who volunteered for their time, commitment and passion over the last three years,” Mr Fertin said.

Six positions, including three community representatives, one local Marina resident and two recreational group (boating, surfing or fishing) representatives, are available on the Port of Mackay CRG.

Eight positions are available for community representatives and interest group representatives on the Port of Hay Point CRG.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Karen May encouraged community members to apply for a role.

“Having been a part of the Hay Point CRG for many years, it’s an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to learn more about their local port, represent their community and contribute to their port community’s future,” Cr May said.

The CRG positions are made up of a diverse range of representatives including Yuwi, Mackay Regional Council, local businesses, port industry, environment, and recreational users. The voluntary membership term is three years with the CRGs meeting quarterly each year.

Nominations close 5pm on 29 January 2021.