The Port of Mackay comprises an artificial harbour formed by rock breakwaters. Land areas behind the port accommodate over 100 industrial and commercial businesses with substantial areas of vacant land suitable for further development.
It is located five kilometres north of the city of Mackay.
As a result of the damage caused by Cyclone Dylan in January 2014 to the Mackay Harbour breakwaters, the southern breakwater was closed to public access. In the interest of safety, this closure has remained in place during the contractor working hours while repairs and upgrade works take place.
This work was initially scheduled to be completed by May 2015. However, due to delays caused by weather conditions, it is now expected to be completed by mid-July (i.e. generally it is not safe to work on the breakwater when the wind speed exceeds approximately 20 knots).
NQBP appreciates that Mackay residents and visitors value being able to use the breakwater for a range of recreational pursuits, particularly on weekends. As a result, the southern breakwater will be open to pedestrians and cyclists from around 1.00pm every Saturday until 5.00am the following Monday. However, the breakwater will continue to remain closed to vehicular traffic at all times until the current program of improvement works has been fully completed.
Anyone accessing the breakwater is to exercise all due care and caution and not climb on the rocks.
NQBP is proud to support its local community in Mackay. Through the Corporate Communities Program, NQBP has demonstrated its commitment by recently providing support to the following local organisations and events.
The Mackay Marina Run is the premier community running event for Mackay which raises much-needed funds for the local branch of the Leukaemia Foundation. NQBP has supported the event through sponsorship and use of land for the past three years.
Mackay Boat Show
NQBP sponsored the Mackay Boat Show held at the Harbour in June 2014. The boat show is a great community event which includes catch displays, demonstrations, presentations and entertainment from marine dealerships, wakeboarding, PWCs, marine tourism, marine manufacturers and fishing.
Pink Ribbon Charity Fair
NQBP is a proud supporter of the annual Pink Ribbon Charity Fair held in Mulherin Park on the 3rd Sunday of October.
The Pink Ribbon Charity Fair is a registered Cancer Council Queensland event, raising money and awareness to help conquer cancer. The fair includes rides for the kids, art and craft stalls, local entertainment, food and displays.
NQBP EcoPorts Grant
NQBP has provided a number of NQBP EcoPorts grants to schools and kindergartens in our port communities.
The winning schools from the Mackay region have included Beaconsfield State School, Mirani State High School, Eimeo Road State School, Mackay State High School, Slade Point State School, C7K Mackay North Community Kindergarten, Mercy College Mackay, Glenella State School, Carlisle Adventist Christian College and South Mackay Kindergarten Association Incorporated.
NQBP is proud to help schools implement initiatives that support a healthy environment.
The Port of Mackay has an extensive history, undergoing significant developments over its near 150-year history.
For a full timeline of the Port of Mackay’s history, click here.
WHO ARE WE?
North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation Limited (NQBP) became a port authority on 2 July 2009, under the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994, for the seaport facilities at Hay Point, Mackay, Abbot Point, Weipa and Maryborough.