BIG SHIP: A shot of a sugar ship Eco Vanquish' which was pulled in by a new business starting at the Bundaberg Port called Wide Bay Shipping Services. Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail
BIG SHIP: A shot of a sugar ship Eco Vanquish' which was pulled in by a new business starting at the Bundaberg Port called Wide Bay Shipping Services. Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail Zach Hogg BUN010914WBS1

Plant project a boost for Bundaberg

WORK on the multi-million dollar Knauf plasterboard manufacturing plant at the Port of Bundaberg is expected to start early next year.

Managing director Gavin Burton, who was in Bundaberg this week, said all the approvals for the project were in place.

"The early work will probably start in late January," he said.

Mr Burton said when the factory was in full production it would employ between 50 and 70 people.

He said he was not aware at this stage of how much the project would cost to build.

"We haven't finalised the tendering yet," he said.

"We are still getting the designs done."

Although the Development Approvals were under the control of the Gladstone Ports Authority, Bundaberg Regional Council planning and development committee chairman Ross Sommerfeld said the project would be a catalyst for future growth in the region.

"Over the years we've lost manufacturing people to other cities," he said.

"This will be the forerunner to other industries coming to Bundaberg."

Cr Sommerfeld said building the project in Bundaberg would show other industries there was a future in the region.

"It's full steam ahead," he said.

"This is fantastic news for Bundaberg."

Cr Sommerfeld said there would be significant flow-on effects for the city.

"The ships are going to have to berth at the port," he said.

"The extra trucks coming into the city will need more 24-hour fuel stops."

Cr Sommerfeld said even if the company imported some workers, they would still need places to live and do their shopping.

"The flow on spreads right through the town," he said.

"This will boost the region enormously."


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