From 29 April to 2 May 2018, Central Highlands Development Corporation with partners Department of Agriculture and Fisheries hosted a tour of the Port of Townsville (POT), Port of Mackay (North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation) (NQBPC) and Gladstone Port Corporation (GPC) facilities for 15 exporters, potential and aspiring exporters, and others who are important to optimal value chain function.

The sold-out tour was an overwhelming success, and we look forward to sharing the resources from the tour with you shortly.  Check back here regularly to see updates and new resources to download and keep.


Our tour participants were treated to three port visits, a number of facilitated networking opportunities and a fantastic overview of port capability along the Queensland coast.  A snapshot of what our tour participants experienced is below:

Monday 30 April: Townsville
• Container trade, new and emerging grain export opportunities briefing
• Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources briefing on agricultural export procedures and documentation
• Tour of Townsville Port

Tuesday 1 May: Mackay
• Tour of GrainCorp facilities; Board & view grain loading on ship (tbc); Brad Foster Queensland Regional Manager & Jeff Moodie, Terminal Manager Central Queensland
• Tour of Sugar Terminal Ltd’s raw sugar storage and handling facilities: John Warda, CEO of Sugar Terminal Ltd
• Tour of Port of Mackay; Paul Coomer, Commercial Manager – Mackay NQBP
• Presentation on Port of Mackay; Where’s it heading? Development plans & associated infrastructure; Brendan Webb, NQBP General Manager, Trade and Operations
• Opportunities from North Asia Free Trade Agreements & the Trans Pacific Partnership: Howard Hayes, TradeStart, Sally Phillips, Manager Strategic Engagement, Free Trade Agreement Program, Austrade (tbc)
• Opportunities for Growing Greater Whitsunday Agrifood (GGWA) from Mackay Port; Garry Scanlan, CEO, Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3)

Wednesday 2 May: Gladstone
• Tour of GrainCorp Terminal
• Demonstration on packing and sealing grain storage containerisation facilities
• Tour of Port of Gladstone
• (subject to availability) Rail freight services and opportunities, Pacific National
• Presentation on CQInland Port, Gladstone Port master planning, planned Gladstone Port Access Road upgrade & Port Alma beef operations



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In-kind Partners