Bowen Jetty to provide even better Superboats viewing experience

Bowen’s iconic jetty is getting ready to take centre stage during when the Superboats come racing into town this weekend.

NQBP is teaming up with Bowen PCYC and Bowen Towage Services to make sure the community can take in the great views of the races in style.

NQBP Chief Executive Officer Steve Lewis said that this year – as well as offering an amazing vantage point from which to watch the race – shade, seating, food and drinks will all be available out at the end of the jetty.

“I am delighted that NQPB will partner with the local PCYC for the fourth year in a row to deliver a unique viewing experience for this popular community event,” Mr Lewis said.

“The Bowen Superboats offers a great opportunity for NQBP to actively take part in what has become a much-loved community event and to support the local PCYC, with all proceeds from the gold coin donation entry going back to the group.”

Tug Boat tours will also be available during the racing events, thanks to Bowen Towage Services (as long as the shipping schedule permits).

Mr Lewis said it was important to note that due to the increased activities available during the weekend, the jetty would be closed overnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“Visitors also need to be aware there are no dogs allowed, or alcohol, at the jetty’s family friendly community event,” he said.

“Also, no fishing is allowed from the jetty throughout the weekend.” Race heats will begin from midday on Saturday, with official races taking place on Sunday from 10am.

Cowboys and NQBP join forces for Weipa community visit

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys and NQBP kicked off their first joint visit to Weipa as part of a three year community-based partnership.

NQBP Chief Executive Officer Steve Lewis said the partnership with the Cowboys aims to inspire young people in port communities and educate them about the importance of positive life choices.

“The partnership is centred on both organisations’ shared values of community engagement – including with Indigenous communities and children – leadership, innovation and integrity,” Mr Lewis said.

“Like the Cowboys, North Queenslanders have a pioneering spirit that sees us succeed even when times may be challenging and unpredictable.

“We understand the pressures of working in regional and remote locations, as well as the wonderful opportunities that brings as well.

“When we all work together as north Queenslanders, we can stay ahead of the game to ensure we are ready to meet any challenges that lie ahead.

“We hope that the Cowboys can inspire children and reinforce this never-give-up message to the Weipa community.”

As part of the partnership the two-day visit to Weipa will include a children’s skills and drills session at Napranum PCYC conducted by club legend Brent Tate in conjunction with Cowboys development staff.

Visits to St Joseph’s Parish School and Western Cape College are also scheduled using the personality power of the players to encourage local Weipa students to make the right choices for success.

Mackay’s iconic rockwall ready to roll for Superboats

The Port of Mackay’s landmark Southern Breakwater will be open to spectators during the Offshore Superboats Championships taking place off Mackay this weekend.

NQBP Chief Executive Officer Steve Lewis said the Southern Breakwater will be temporarily closed to vehicles to allow pedestrians to use the breakwater as a viewing point during the races.

“As part of the Offshore Superboats Championships, the Southern Breakwater will be closed between 2am and 2pm on both days of the weekend, Saturday 15 July and Sunday 16 July,” he said.

“We are proud to support this event and the Mackay Marina area by providing spectators with access to the breakwater.

“It’s sure to be a thrilling spectacle once again this year as the Superboats roar into action.

“However, we want everyone to remain safe during the event, and I urge spectators to apply the normal caution when on the breakwater and refrain from climbing on the rocks.”

Security will be present during the races.

For more information on the Offshore Superboats Championships, visit their website.

Lighthouse launch shines bright

NQBP has joined the Bowen community to celebrate the completion of the North Head Lighthouse restoration project.

NQBP Chief Executive Officer Steve Lewis said he was proud of the corporation’s $15,000 contribution to the project which has seen the iconic community asset brought back to life.

“As the port authority for the Port of Abbot Point, NQBP has had a long association with Bowen’s maritime history – including the lighthouse,” Mr Lewis said.

“While it is no longer required for the port’s operational purposes, it will always be part of our community’s rich past.

“At NQBP, we care about and are proud of the people we work with, the communities we work in and the regional jobs we support.

“These repairs could not have been achieved without the combined effort of many local organisations and volunteers, including the Bowen Independent and Whitsunday Regional Council.

“This project is a great example of our community coming together. Thank you to the volunteers for their many hours of hard work and congratulations for completing this very special restoration,” he said.

Approximately 800 people attended the official celebration ceremony on Saturday to mark the end of renovations, before making the annual walk across to North Head Island.

NQBP awarded bronze at the Australasian reporting awards

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) has received a Bronze Award for excellence in reporting at the 2017 Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA), for the production of the corporation’s FY16 Annual Report.

NQBP was also a finalist in the Special Award online reporting category for the production of a digital edition of the same publication.

NQBP’s Director Sustainability and External Relations Gary Campbell acknowledged NQBP’s commitment to full disclosure when he accepted the award at the ARA Presentation Dinner last night in Melbourne.

“As a government owned corporation, NQBP is committed to open and transparent stakeholder communication.

“Active engagement with our customers, business partners and shareholders, underpins our business operations and provides solid foundations for growth,” Mr Campbell said.

“NQBP’s annual report is a critical platform through which we share information about our performance and achievements during the year, and our outlook for the future of our operations.

“We continue to strive to improve our communication with stakeholders, and this award acknowledges our hard work in this area,” he said.

Mr Campbell said achieving a Bronze level ARA award recognised NQBP’s annual report addressed the ARA criteria well, and presented quality disclosures in major areas.

“The ARA aims to contribute to ongoing improvement in the quality of annual reporting. The Awards provide an opportunity for organisations to benchmark their report against ARA criteria which is based on world best practice,” he said.

NQBP provides a comprehensive annual report to shareholders at the end of each financial year.

NQBP’s annual report for the current FY17 financial year is expected to be available in October 2017. NQBP’s FY16 annual report can be viewed here:

Take a seat at North Wall beach

We have installed a memorial seat at Mackay’s North Wall beach to help commemorate past residents with a connection to the area.

The seat, which was installed today, was suggested by local resident Judy Keogh after her husband Peter passed away.

NQBP Chief Executive Officer Steve Lewis said he was proud to see the engagement between employees and local residents resulting in better outcomes for our community.

“Our communities are an integral part of our ports and we appreciate feedback and suggestions,” Mr Lewis said.

“Where there are opportunities to work on community projects such as this, we take them,” he said.

Mrs Keogh said the seat would be a benefit to all beach users, but particularly for those looking for somewhere peaceful to reflect.

“From his younger years Peter spent most weekends at North Wall looking for a wave to catch,” Mrs Keogh said.

“Our connection to the area remained after we were married, spending many years with our children in and around the Mackay Harbour on our boat ‘Iris May’,” she said.

“I suggested to NQBP that a seat could be installed somewhere close to the Port to enable families to remember loved ones that had a connection to the area,” she said.

“I’m grateful to NQBP for listening to our suggestion and installing the seat, it’s a great result”.

North Wall beach is located alongside the Northern Breakwater of the Port of Mackay. It is a popular beach with surfers, stand-up paddler boarders, recreational fishermen and walkers in the Mackay community.

Showcasing leadership and commitment to environmental protection

Ensuring the environment remains at the forefront of business planning and operations will be the focus of talks, by North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) and other industry-leading organisations, at the 2017 Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference this week in Cairns.

From 21-23 June, NQBP will join other delegates to share important insights and learnings around a range of multi-disciplinary issues impacting Queensland’s diverse and developing coastline.

The conference theme ‘Working with nature’ shapes the discussions and provides an opportunity to share innovative approaches across different industries.

NQBP Chief Executive Officer Steve Lewis said NQBP was proud to be a sponsor and exhibitor at the conference, which aims to reinforce the responsibility organisations have to ensure environmental protection is a regular part of business.

“The sustainable development and environmental management of our ports underpins the growth and operation of NQBP’s business,” Mr Lewis said.

“NQBP is the only port authority in the world responsible for three major ports in a World Heritage Area, and so our commitment to environmental protection runs deep.

“We hold a vision where trade, communities and the environment work together in harmony.

“NQBP leads the way with the strength of our commitment to this area, and we are proud to be part of an event that encourages a similar, steadfast commitment across all industries,” he said

NQBP Senior Manager Environment and Planning Kevin Kane, and NQBP Senior Manager Sustainability Simona Duke, will both present on NQBP’s leading sustainability and environmental protection work.

Kevin Kane will offer a keynote address, ‘Girt by Sea’, on day two of the conference, as well as deliver presentations around NQBP’s recent work in sustainable sediment management and the PIANC Guideline (Environmental Risk Management of Navigational Infrastructure Project).

Simona Duke will also present to the conference on Thursday, on the topic of Port Sustainability Leadership in Tropical Australia.

Mr Kane said NQBP would exhibit at the conference with James Cook University (JCU), following a recent collaboration between NQBP and JCU’s Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research – TropWATER – which explored environmental management practices of coastal ports.

The Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference is the amalgamation of the 23rd Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference, and the 16th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference. The Conference is being held at the Cairns Convention Centre from 21-23 June.

Safety first on Mackay’s iconic Southern Breakwater

Public safety on Mackay’s Southern Breakwater remains a primary concern after an increase in the number of people reportedly behaving illegally.

NQBP Chief Executive Officer Steve Lewis said the key priority is to make sure that locals and visitors alike continue to enjoy having safe access to this valued community asset.

“Over recent years the Southern Breakwater has become an extremely popular Mackay destination and we would like to see this continue; however, public safety must always come first”, Mr Lewis said.

“Unfortunately, we are seeing some people driving and riding unsafely on the breakwater, and on a number of occasions local police have been asked to respond.

“This is not in the interests of people’s own safety, or the safety of bystanders and the community who regularly enjoy this iconic Mackay destination.

“As always, NQBP’s is committed to the safety of the community,” Mr Lewis said.

“In March, NQBP was forced to close the Southern Breakwater in the lead up to Tropical Cyclone Debbie in the interest of public safely and to stop irresponsible behaviour.

“Following the damage left by the cyclone, NQBP is restoring the breakwater so this much-loved public space can continue to be enjoyed by all.

“Help us keep the southern breakwater open and safe for the future,” Mr Lewis said.

If you witness unsafe activity on the southern breakwater contact Queensland Police’s Policelink on 131 444.