Posted on June 26, 2023
NORTH Queensland Bulk Ports hosted a visit from state government representatives this week following the announcement of $50 million in funding for the Bowen Wharf.
The Queensland government allocated funding for the wharf in the 2023-24 state budget. The wharf supports towage operations for the Abbot Point export terminal.
The funding covers the replacement of the 150-year-old wharf with the plans, designs and approvals subject to further consultation with stakeholders.
Minister for transport and main roads Mark Bailey visited Bowen Wharf on Tuesday (21 June) along with port representatives and community stakeholders.
NQBP acting CEO Belinda Kenny said the funding would breathe new life into the wharf.
“The commercial role of the 150-year-old Bowen Wharf has changed significantly over recent years, from its heyday as an export wharf for cattle and coal last century, the wharf today supports towage operations for the Abbot Point export terminal,” Ms Kenny said.
“What has not changed is its importance to the local community as a reminder of the region’s rich history and a modern-day magnet for everyone from walkers to fishers and photographers.
“With this significant funding, visitors and locals alike will benefit from a revitalised public facility for generations to come.
“NQBP will soon commence engagement with stakeholders and the local community to shape the future of the wharf revitalisation project.”
Mr Bailey said the Bowen Wharf has played a significant role in Queensland’s history and the Bowen community for 150 years.
“This investment would not be possible were it not for the Palaszczuk government’s progressive coal royalties, which enable us to reinvest in our regions and our great Queensland lifestyle.
“We want to get this right, so following today’s investment, there will be extensive stakeholder and community consultation on planning and design and input into a business case that delivers the best outcome for the community.”
Ms Kenny said that over the longer term, NQBP’s preferred option is to transition all tug operations to Abbot Point, including the service currently being offered by the Bowen Wharf.
“However, any such transition is subject to board approval, funding being secured, engineering and design and regulatory and environmental approvals,” she said.
“Therefore, the timeframe for any such move is, at this time, uncertain.”
The state budget also allocated $100 million for Gladstone Port’s Northern Land Expansion project. Both investments fall under a $4-billion commitment to energy, water and port sectors.