Pre-construction work for the $115 million Lucky Bay port development is in full swing and tenders have been released for development work at the Lucky Bay and Lock sites.
T-Ports CEO Kieran Carvill says full construction will start in May on bunkers at the Lucky Bay site and in June, work will start on the Lucky Bay port and Lock bunker site.
Bunkers will be built at the north-west corner of the Lock township. The site will be equipped with 150,000 tonnes of storage, dual-automated 40-metre weighbridges and a dual-sided sampling office with automated hydraulic probes. Similar infrastructure will be used at Lucky Bay, which will have two sampling offices.
“Since the announcement was made last month, T-Ports has been busy developing construction schedules, calling for tenders and meeting with key stakeholders to ensure the port and storage facilities will be ready to accept growers’ grain for harvest 2018,” Mr Carvill said.
“The Lock site will be a four-month build, the Lucky Bay bunkers a five-month build ready for deliveries in October and stage one of the port a five-month build ready for exports over the summer season.
“The Lock site is strategically located so growers have easy access from their properties, regardless of which direction they are approaching from. There will be a major upgrade to the intersection where the site entry meets the Todd Highway so traffic can easily navigate the junction.
“We want to update growers directly and so will be hosting meetings with them after seeding to provide more information on the project, site layout and construction updates in the lead-up to harvest. We’ll advise dates and locations later this month.”
T-Ports director and Lock farmer Andrew Polkinghorne said the development at Lock was valued at nearly $8 million and would employ a number of full-time, permanent part-time and casual employees.
“This is great news for the district and I would encourage anyone on EP who is wanting to be involved in this development to find out more about the positions that T-Ports is currently seeking expressions of interest to fill,” he said.
“This project is a great outcome for EP growers. It’s a reality, it’s funded and work is starting. If you are interested in hearing more as work gets under way, then sign up at the T-Ports website.”