Ex­cit­ing changes ahead for port

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WITH the Glad­stone Ports Cor­po­ra­tion be­ing one of the big­gest em­ploy­ers in Glad­stone it is no sur­prise that the fo­cus on Glad­stone lo­cals ex­tends to fu­ture de­vel­op­ment works.

The com­ple­tion of stage 1A of the East Shores de­vel­op­ment has been well re­ceived with lo­cals us­ing the new fa­cil­i­ties on a daily ba­sis but with stage 1B of­fi­cially kick­ing off in terms of plan­ning in Au­gust and stage 2 just around the cor­ner, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Peter O’Sul­li­van said this time around GPC will take a more “hands on” ap­proach.

“We are now look­ing to­wards the fu­ture not only with the East Shores de­vel­op­ment but all along the fore­shore ex­tend­ing from where the cruise ships dock to all the way past the bridge up to the Port So­cial Club build­ing,” Mr O’Sul­li­van said.

“GPC owns all of the land from past the Glad­stone Yacht Club to the Port So­cial Club and the long-term plan is for that area to be­come a ma­jor precinct for both com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial premises.”

In Au­gust, LNG com­pa­nies San­tos and QGC opened up their new ferry ter­mi­nal on Alf O’Rourke Dr with the for­mer QGC ferry ter­mi­nal at Auck­land Point now in the hands of GPC.

“GPC are look­ing to bring pon­toon to Auck­land Point new and larger Patsy Lee Place,” he said.

“It will also pro­vide a berth for ves­sels so when the cruise ships are in peo­ple will walk straight down off the ship and be able to board a har­bour tour.

“We’re look­ing at build­ing a cafe precinct, an in­ter­pre­tive cen­tre and in­cor­po­rat­ing the Mar­itime Mu­seum.”

The Stage 1A build­ing con­trac­tor for the East Shores de­vel­op­ment was Hutchin­son Builders but this time around Mr O’Sul­li­van said Stage 1B will hope­fully be spread around Glad­stone con­trac­tors.

The es­ti­mated cost to build and re­fur­bish build­ings is more than $10 mil­lion with land­scap­ing and park fa­cil­i­ties es­ti­mated to cost a fur­ther $15 mil­lion. Mr O’Sul­li­van said the over­all cost of the project comes in at just un­der $30 mil­lion.

“Ob­vi­ously the main things we look for is ex­pe­ri­ence in un­der­tak­ing works on a scale con­sis­tent with what GPC is hop­ing to achieve,” he said.

“Con­trac­tors will need to know how to run a job of this size and cost and they’ll need to demon­strate not only their skills and abil­i­ties but that they have a proven track record of man­ag­ing a project of that size.”

Mr O’Sul­li­van will be a speaker at the GEA Ma­jor In­dus­try Con­fer­ence on Oc­to­ber 12 and he will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about work on the East Shores de­vel­op­ment and GPC’s out­look on the next five years.

PHOTO: CHRISSY HAR­RIS PHOTOGRAPHYY

MAN­AGE­MENT TEAM: GPC cargo han­dling op­er­a­tions Paul McGuire, GPC CEO Peter O’Sul­li­van and GPC chair­man Leo Zussino.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BIG NUM­BERS: The Glad­stone Ports Cor­po­ra­tion han­dled a record ton­nage in 2015-16.

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