Upgrade project at Geraldton port to create 90 local jobs and extend wharf service life

Geraldton Guardian
Upgrades to the port are expected to extend the service life of its structures for another 25 years and allow for the growth of mineral sands and concentrates shipping through Geraldton.
Camera IconUpgrades to the port are expected to extend the service life of its structures for another 25 years and allow for the growth of mineral sands and concentrates shipping through Geraldton. Credit: Anita Kirkbright/The Geraldton Guardian

Geraldton Port is to see $10 million spent strengthening Wharf 4 and replacing rail, and a further $1.58 million worth of upgrades to the Geraldton Fisherman’s Wharf.

WA Ports minister Alannah MacTiernan said the project would create significant opportunities for local businesses and more than 90 local jobs over the next 12 months.

She said the upgrades would extend the design service life of the structure by another 25 years and will allow for the continuation and growth of mineral sands and concentrates shipping through Geraldton.

“Wharf 4 is the primary export wharf for mineral sands, talc and concentrates from Geraldton Port, shipping 1.2 million tonnes of mineral sands and concentrates in 2018-19,” Ms MacTiernan said.

“The original Wharf 4 structure was constructed in 1965 and plays a role not only in mineral sands exports, but in mooring grain export vessels to neighbouring Wharf 3.”

Ms MacTiernan said the Fishermen’s Wharf upgrades would include new walkways, toilets, fuel bowsers and street lighting.

The upgrades were part of the Geraldton Port Master Plan which Ms MacTiernan also endorsed when she visited Geraldton today.

“Its implementation would support through-put of up to 50 million tonnes annually — up from 15.9 million tonnes in 2018-19 — and lead to a substantial boost to the Mid West economy and local jobs,” she said.

WA Ports minister Alannah MacTiernan with Mid West Ports chief executive Rochelle Macdonald in Geraldton today.
Camera IconWA Ports minister Alannah MacTiernan with Mid West Ports chief executive Rochelle Macdonald in Geraldton today. Credit: Geoff Vivian/The Geraldton Guardian

“Endorsement of the Geraldton Port Master Plan follows extensive analysis and community and port user consultation, charting the infrastructure required to maximise the throughput and efficiency of the existing Port.”

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