THROUGHPUT at the Port of Mackay topped 1 million tonnes for the first quarter of the 2023-24 financial year – a first for the port.

Trade volumes through the port increased by 25% on the same period last year to hit 1.1 million tonnes in July through September.

Big sugar and grain exports (335,000 tonnes and 139,000 tonnes, respectively) drove the increase in throughput.

A statement from North Queensland Bulk Ports said the Port of Mackay serves as a global gateway for the region’s agricultural and mining industries.

“With almost half of Queensland’s trade flowing through our four ports, we play a pivotal role in facilitating trade, enabling local economic growth, and contributing to state and national prosperity,” NQBP said.

“The consistently strong results in throughput are a testament to the dedication and hard work of our people and port partners who keep trade flowing safely and efficiently.”