3 Apr 2018

NORTH Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) has closed access to public assets as Tropical Cyclone (TC) Iris approaches.

Mackay’s Southern Breakwater and the Bowen Jetty, both in the TC warning zone, have been closed for public safety.

Acting CEO Rochelle Macdonald said safety was the top priority for the corporation and its port partners.

“Like everyone in the region, NQBP is bracing for the potential impact of destructive winds and heavy rainfall,” Dr Macdonald said.

“Given the location of NQBP's ports in northern Australia, we have comprehensive and well-tested cyclone preparedness plans in place.

“Our cyclone readiness plans have been put into action, in partnership with our tenants and customers.

“NQBP is also working closely with Maritime Safety Queensland.

“Across our ports, critical assets and infrastructure such as tugs, wharfs and stockpile equipment are being tied down and secured.

“As always, our top priority is the safety of our employees and the community.”

The ports of Hay Point and Abbot Point were closed 3 April 2018, under direction from the Regional Harbour Master.

At the Port of Mackay, refined sugar ship the MV Pioneer will head out to sea at 2pm this afternoon.

Dr Macdonald urged residents to stay safe, heed all warnings and don’t go sightseeing.

“With the high winds, waves and storm surges associated with cyclones, the Southern Breakwater and Bowen Jetty are strictly off limits,” Dr Macdonald said.

“Ensure you’re taking steps to keep you and your family safe. Visit the Bureau of Meteorology for the latest warnings and cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website.”

Further updates on NQBP assets will be provided through the NQBP social media channels as it becomes available.

ENDS

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation contact:

Kirsty Mugridge | Media and Community Engagement Advisor
07 4969 0772 | kmugridge@nqbp.com.au