THREE infrastructure projects at Port of Mackay are set to ensure the port’s ability to facilitate trade for years to come.

The first major project is the start of an extension to Wharf 1.

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said Queensland Davbridge Constructions would deliver the $2.4m project aimed at improving the Port’s capability to accept longer breakbulk material.

“The Wharf 1 project will help to build on the 195 shipping movements and 3.17m throughput tonnes witnessed last financial year, despite COVID-19,” Mrs Gilbert said.

“Getting Queensland businesses to deliver upgrades for Queensland ports is vital to our state’s economic recovery and will add to major road projects like the Walkerston Bypass and $120 million Mackay Northern Access Upgrade.”

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation chief executive Nicolas Fertin said the 120m2 extension of the Wharf 1 access bridge at Port of Mackay would improve infrastructure capability to handle extra-long (up to 95m) cargoes.

“This will position the Port of Mackay to be able to take advantage of new, diversified trade opportunities such as rail, or renewables projects,” he said.

Davbridge Constructions project manager Alex Graff said the company was excited to play their part in the Port of Mackay’s growth.

The project comes as upgrades on Wharf 4 reach the final stages with the installation of the 60-tonne steel access bridge by contractor V2R Projects.

Also progressing is the $1.5m stabilisation of the western revetment with Queensland-based contractors MGN Civil arriving on site earlier this month.

Meanwhile at Hay Point 30km south, local contractors Fergus Builders have started refurbishments to the administration building.

The projects are part of NQBP’s extensive 2020-21 works program for Mackay and Hay Point, worth more than $17m.