The Port of Weipa has onshore bauxite handling, processing and stockpiling facilities. Its conveyors run to two wharves located at Lorim Point for shiploading. Two other wharves, Humbug Wharf and Evans Landing Wharf handle a variety of commodities including general cargo, fuel and live cattle.
Entry into and/or use of the Port of Weipa area is subject to Port Notices. Failure to comply with the Port of Weipa Port Notices is an offence under the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994 (Qld) and penalties apply as outlined in the Port Charges.
More information about the Port of Weipa can be found in the Port of Weipa Port Handbook.
REPORTS & PLANS
NQBP is proud to support its local community in Weipa. Through the Corporate Communities Program, NQBP has demonstrated its commitment by supporting local organisations.
Weipa Fishing Classic
NQBP sponsors the Weipa Fishing Classic which is held every year in June. NQBP representatives host a BBQ each morning for the competition entrants and their families setting out for a day of fishing.
At the end of each day, the participants and the wider community gather at the Weipa Cape College oval to celebrate the successes of the day and enjoy a well-supported community event.
NQBP EcoPorts Grants
Each year NQBP provides a total of ten EcoPorts grants to schools in our port communities.
In 2016, St Joseph’s Parish School in Weipa was a winner of a $1000 EcoPorts grant.
St Joseph’s will use the grant to support an overall educational initiative for students to learn more about their environment, long term sustainability and hands on knowledge of nurturing and growing their own school garden.
For more information on this program, visit our Communities page.
Junior Ranger Guides
In 2016, NQBP supported the release of AUSMEPA’s new Junior Ranger Guides. The guides will provide Indigenous Ranger Groups in and around Weipa with additional support when engaging young people to care for land and sea.
Weipa’s Nanum Wungthim Rangers were one of the many Indigenous groups that provided advice on the development of the Guide, which were also supported by Queensland Government and Rio Tinto.
North Queensland Bulk Ports has also provided copies of the guide to the Weipa and Mapoon Western Cape College campuses and St Joseph’s Parish School.
North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) is committed to a sustainable and responsible environmental approach that seeks to, where possible, prevent, and always to reduce and manage its impact on the environment.
WEIPA PORT HISTORY
In 1606, Weipa was the site of the first recorded landing in Australia by European (Dutch) voyagers. Two centuries later, in 1802, navigator Captain Matthew Flinders recorded the red cliffs at Weipa when sailing along the western shore of Cape York. In the twentieth century, Weipa was discovered to be rich in bauxite, the reddish-brown ore that is the source of aluminium. This led to the development of the Port of Weipa.
- In 1955, Australian Geologist Harry Evans discovered the Weipa bauxite ore deposits.
- One year later, the Commonwealth Aluminium Corporation Pty Limited was formed to develop the Weipa bauxite deposits.
- In 1957, State mining agreement legislation passed by the Queensland Government, giving powers to CAC, to mine and export bauxite, as well as to develop a port and town at Weipa.
- In 1961, the first trial shipments of bauxite were leaving the port to Japan.
- In 1963, the first commercial bauxite mining and shipments commenced.
- The port was operated by the Commonwealth Aluminium Corporation Pty Limited (Comalco) until 1965 when control of the port was passed from the company to the Corporation of the Treasurer of Queensland.