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.
In November 2013 the Mackay breakwater was closed for maintenance and to allow staged upgrade works to be undertaken. The work was expected to be completed in March 2014, however, Cyclone Dylan caused major damage to the breakwater.
Work immediately commenced to repair major areas of damage using the limited local supply of replacement armour rock.
Work on the breakwater is currently paused while NQBP assesses a range of options for undertaking required future work and secures the supply of armour rock required. The available rock was exhausted late May, earlier than had been anticipated.
NQBP has taken advantage of the pause in work to repair the road surface on the breakwater and has decided to temporarily reopen the breakwater to the general public from 5 June.
The breakwater will be closed again to the general public some time from early to mid-August to enable the repair and maintenance work to resume. This work is anticipated to continue until Christmas 2014.
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 Marine Festival
NQBP was a proud sponsor of the Mackay Marine Festival held at the Harbour in June 2013.
The festival included the Mackay Tinnie and Tackle Show, Offshore Superboat Championships and free entertainment for the children.
NQBP sponsored the kids’ entertainment zone and supplied some additional entertainment for the children to enjoy, such as a treasure hunt, games, jumping castle, climbing rock wall, and face painting.
Reef to River Festival Raft Race
NQBP participated in the annual Mackay Reef to River Festival’s raft race which raises funds for childhood cancer support.
Each of the teams participating displayed great sportsmanship throughout the race as they raced towards the finish line while getting pelted with eggs and tomatoes. The event was a great success and NQBP is pleased to support such an important cause, while having a bit of fun.
Reef Guardian School Program – NQBP Grant
NQBP has provided a number of NQBP grants to Reef Guardian Schools in our port communities. Eimeo Road State School was the winning Reef Guardian School from the Mackay region.
NQBP is proud to help schools implement initiatives that support a health Great Barrier Reef.
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 1 July 2009, under the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994, for the seaport facilities at Hay Point, Mackay, Abbot Point, Weipa and Maryborough.