Bauxite to the port
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.