For North Queensland Bulk Ports, sponsorship is about a connection with our stakeholders and the community.

We support many and varied initiatives that benefit the wider community and relate to the following areas of port community interest:

  • community health and well-being
  • environment
  • education and training
  • regional sustainability
  • culture and community

For more information, read our sponsorship guidelines. You can also apply online for an NQBP sponsorship.

Sponsored events and major partnerships

We’re proud North Queenslanders sponsoring regional events such as the Mackay Marina Run, one of the region’s premier sporting events.

Fellow northerners, the North Queensland Cowboys, recently joined in partnership with us to bring the club’s acclaimed community development program to the port communities of Hay Point (Sarina), Mackay, Abbot Point (Bowen) and Weipa.

Bulk Ports Blitzes with the Cowboys

Each year, the Cowboys stage four ‘Bulk Ports Blitzes’: a two-day, action-packed community program, across our port communities.

These include a Cowboys hosted training session, giving local students the opportunity to hone their skills with the North’s premier rugby league team. As well as skills on the field, the students learn first-hand how success in any endeavour is built on commitment and making the right choices off the field.

On day two, the Cowboys visit up to five schools, delivering their program. Tailored to each school’s needs, this program uses the personality power of the players to encourage kids to make the right choices for success.

NQBP and NQ Cowboys launch a community partnership

Environmental grants

Are you looking for school funding? Our EcoPorts grants, of $1,000 each, are awarded to local schools and communities to fund approved environmental projects. Successful projects range from creating kitchen gardens to building chicken coops and developing recycling programs. Bowen High School’s Marine Studies class used their grant to take a closer look at how environmental changes at the Port of Abbot Point can be managed to minimise impacts to the local redclaw and barramundi stocks.

EcoPorts grants open in the first quarter of the calendar year, for more information contact us.

Our 2016-17 sponsorships

In 2016–17, we supported a number of community initiatives and events, representing a total contribution of over $130,000 back to the communities in which we operate. There are many port-specific initiatives in which we proudly participate. See the full list for each port below.

  • 2017 EcoPorts grants

    • Glenella State School
    • Beaconsfield State School
    • North Mackay State High School
    • Mackay State High School
    • St Joseph’s Catholic School
    • St Patrick’s College
    • Mackay Christian College
    • St Francis Xavier Primary School

    2017 Sponsorships

    • Mackay Marina Run
    • Mackay Relay for Life
    • Resource Industry Network
    • Pink Ribbon Charity Fair
    • River 2 Reef Charity Ride
    • Magic Mile
    • Sister Cities Mackay Japanese Speaking Contest
    • Art on Show
    • Installation of a memorial chair at North Wall Beach

    Find out more about Port of Mackay

  • 2017 EcoPorts grants

    • St Joseph’s Parish School

    2017 Sponsorships

    • Weipa Fishing Classic
    • Weipa 50 Year Celebrations

    Community initiatives

    Proceeds from the sale of strategic port land at Evans Landing to the Western Cape Communities Trust (WCCT) in August 2016 will be reinvested in the local community to enhance the ability of the Port of Weipa to meet growing operational and community needs.

    NQBP is currently engaging with stakeholders, including Rio Tinto, the Weipa Town Authority (WTA) and other government and community groups to progress a number of initiatives.

    Find out more about Port of Weipa

  • 2017 EcoPorts grants

    • Bowen State High School

    2017 Sponsorships

    • Bowen Offshore Superboats
    • Bowen Fishing Classic
    • Bowen Jetty 150 Years Celebration and photographic competition
    • Cyclone Debbie Community Recovery event

    Community initiatives

    2016 marked the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the North Head Lighthouse in Bowen and as such the community sought to have the historical building restored as part of the sesquicentennial anniversary of this community asset. We were proud to support the project through the provision of a Sustainable Partnership grant.

    Find out more about Port of Abbot Point

  • 2017 Sponsorships

    • Alligator Creek Learn to Swim Program
    • Sarina Beach Coconut Festival

    Community initiatives

    The first stage of a community project to transform the strategic port land into a landscaped park and buffer area was completed in 2016. Sustainability and innovation were key drivers, allowing us to provide back to the community. Additional phases of the project continue to be delivered and will involve sustained planting of native seedlings, improved beach access, pathways and picnic facilities

    Find out more about Port of Hay Point