Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the longstanding Townsville business was expected to create more than 40 jobs during construction of the new container terminal.

The Palaszczuk Government is backing Townsville jobs with more than $930.7 million for regional infrastructure in this year’s budget, creating more than 3,200 jobs. With the volume of freight moving across Queensland expected to grow more than 20% over the next decade, it’s critical we invest in port infrastructure which will accommodate this freight boom...Today’s announcement adds to the Palaszczuk Government’s half-a-billion-dollar plan to boost mineral freight exports and create jobs in the region,

...Ms Trad said.

Meanwhile, Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the $30 million project also added to major capacity-expanding projects at the port, including construction of the $48 million intermodal facility, $193 million port channel upgrade and the completion of the $40 million Berth 4 upgrade.

Our state’s North West Mineral Province contains about 75% of the state’s base metal and minerals, including copper, lead, zinc, silver, gold and phosphate deposits. Building the new intermodal facility alongside a new container terminal port will make Townsville more attractive for exporters,

...he noted.

It is expected that the recently upgraded Berth 4, new ship-to-shore crane and Cargo Terminal Area will be capable of handling around 35,000 containers per annum, and around two million tonnes per annum of total cargo, representing a 20% increase on current capability, according to Port of Townsville Infrastructure General Manger, Kim Gebers.