12 Apr 2017

As North Queensland rebuilds after Tropical Cyclone Debbie, another much-loved piece of Bowen’s history has been re-opened to the public.

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation’s iconic Bowen Jetty has been re-opened to the public today after sustaining damage to the electrics and timber structure during the storm.

NQBP Chief Executive Officer Steve Lewis said it is great to see the Bowen Jetty, which this year turns 150 years old, opened once again to the public.

“The re-opening of the Bowen Jetty means all NQBP assets across our northern ports have returned to regular operations,” Mr Lewis said.

“Not only is the Bowen Jetty popular with the Bowen community and tourists, it also serves an operational purpose as the home base for the tug operations used at the Port of Abbot Point.

“It is an important piece of infrastructure for NQBP and it is a credit to our maintenance and engineering teams the jetty was able to be re-opened to the public so soon after the destructive cyclone.”

The re-opening also means keen photographers can get back out on the jetty to get their entries into #BowenJetty150 – NQBP’s photography competition celebrating the milestone birthday.

Mr Lewis said he was also pleased to provide an update on the recovery efforts across NQBP’s east coast ports.

“I’m happy to note all our east coast ports – Hay Point, Mackay and Abbot Point – are open for shipping,” he said.

“Mackay and Hay Point are trading, while the Abbot Point terminal’s owner and operator, Adani, will make the decision as to when operations recommence.”