Port ownership transfers but ‘business as usual’
SUNDAY marked a new beginning for the Port of Bundaberg, officially changing hands to now come under the banner of the Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC).
GPC Chairman Ian Brusasco said preparations were well under way to ensure a smooth transfer of ownership of the Port of Bundaberg to GPC.
“We are working closely with the staff at the Port of Bundaberg to make the transition as easy as possible,” Mr Brusasco said.
Mr Brusasco added it would be business as usual at the port.
“One of the first tasks we will be undertaking with the staff at the Port of Bundaberg is to develop a substantial strategic plan for the port,” he said.
“This plan will examine all aspects of the port.”
Mr Brusasco said he expected the plan to be developed over the next 18 months.
“We look forward to working closely with the local authorities in Bundaberg as well as the port staff to ensure the future of the Port of Bundaberg is developed.”
Announced on June 2 as part of Queensland Premier Anna Bligh’s ‘renewing Queensland plan’, the privatisation of the Port of Brisbane Corporation, through which the Port of Bundaberg was managed, raised major concerns in the local community.
Staff feared that a change in ownership would bring about a host of employment changes, while nearby residents voiced their concerns over coal being shipped to the port.
But Gladstone Ports Corporation chief executive officer (CEO) Leo Zussino did his best to allay these fears, stating that neither would become a reality.