Baux­ite to the port

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I ONLY read re­cently about the high-grade baux­ite mine be­ing ne­go­ti­ated for ei­ther side of the Bur­nett Hwy, be­tween Gayn­dah and Mun­dub­bera.

The Bin­jour Project was re­ported in the NewsMail in Au­gust 2017.

Un­like coal, baux­ite is usu­ally shal­low and the mines can be quickly re­ha­bil­i­tated.

The com­pany in­volved is al­ready min­ing baux­ite in Tas­ma­nia and sells its prod­uct into the higher-priced ce­ment and fer­tiliser mar­ket.

The Gayn­dah site is as­sayed as the high­est qual­ity in the Pa­cific Basin and at 28 mil­lion tonnes.

They are af­fil­i­ated with an In­dian part­ner com­pany.

Im­por­tantly for us in Bund­aberg, they want to truck the min­eral to the clos­est ship­ping port – Bund­aberg.

Will it hap­pen? Though their CEO says the lo­cal coun­cils and La­bor State Gov­ern­ment are on side and keen.

There are al­ways so many naysay­ers, grey beards, blink­ered ob­struc­tion­ists within our bu­reau­cra­cies, of­fi­cial­dom and com­mu­ni­ties, that schemes such as this face huge head­winds.

My bet is that the whole she­bang will end up at Glad­stone Port, even though it’s twice the dis­tance.

The CEO says (quote and para­phrase), “Why is it that engi­neers, Bund­aberg Port, say they need $1 bil­lion to get the port ready.

“Our In­dian part­ners say they can do it for $5 mil­lion? Aus­tralia has got to learn”.

It never does – it just keeps rais­ing costs and bar­ri­ers.

Af­ter 20 years of Na­tional Party, Bund­aberg has no heavy duty road ac­cess off the Bruce, north or south of the Bur­nett, that can take heavy trucks round the clock. Es­pe­cially not from Mt Perry, Gin Gin, Sharon side un­less the old Fairymead mo­lasses wharf is up­graded.

We only have tracks that barely cope with the trucks sup­ply­ing the su­per­mar­kets.

This is why we will lose busi­ness to Glad­stone.

We have been dud­ded by in­ef­fec­tual, vi­sion-less politi­cians for years.

So Bund­aberg Port, without roads to it from the hin­ter­land, will re­main a back­wa­ter. — N. VENTERS Bund­aberg

PORT: New roads are needed for heavy trans­port to ac­cess the Bund­aberg Port.

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