Port of Brisbane News March 2021

Tuesday, March 23, 2021



Welcome to this month's edition of Port News. 

Our highest priority is ensuring the Port is able to serve the Queensland economy and community well into the future. That's why it is vitally important that the Port is directly connected to the Inland Rail project via a dedicated freight rail connection.

The continued advocacy by our customers and stakeholders – including local elected representatives from all levels of government – is critical to keeping this at the top of the infrastructure agenda, and I thank all stakeholders for their ongoing support. 

Our teams are also working hard to lend our support to important initiatives such as Clean Up Australia Day, while applications for our annual $100,000 Community Grant Program have opened. Please encourage community organisations in your networks to visit our website for details.

If you would like more details about anything in this edition of Port of Brisbane News, please contact us.


Together with our customers and stakeholders, we're continuing to advocate at all levels of government for a dedicated freight rail connection linking the Port to the Inland Rail project.

There has recently been significant coverage in The Sunday Mail and The Australian over several weeks.  The port connection also continues to be included in Infrastructure Australia's Infrastructure Priority List 2021 as a high priority noting the 'problem timeframe' as 5-10 years, further supporting the need to identify and preserve a corridor as soon as possible.

With the recent federal-state government study into preferred corridor options completed, we look forward to the outcomes being released as soon as possible to ensure work can continue to progress.


Trains carrying bulk grain have returned to the Port following the recent severe drought conditions which so significantly impacted agricultural producers.

The grain is destined for export markets around the world, as Australia's agricultural produce continues to be in high demand. In recent years, Port of Brisbane was an 'import' port for grains, working with customers to facilitate grain imported from interstate to be trucked to farmers in south west Queensland and northern New South Wales.

With improved weather and growing conditions across parts of Queensland and northern NSW, the most recent 
ABARES crop forecasts are anticipating an improved season for the industry.


Works are well underway for Team Transport & Logistics' new property development at our Port West Industrial Estate.

The 1.22ha site will include a 2,000sqm warehouse; 630sqm of awnings and 225sqm of office space as well as 4,430sqm of dedicated hardstand and a 354sqm wash bay area.

Some of our other Port West tenants are also supporting the project: 
Queensland Glass is supplying windows; Steelforce Australia has supplied structural steel; and Team Transport trucks have been contracted to transport some materials. Great team effort supporting local businesses and local jobs!

In other property news, QUBE has recently moved its bulk handling operations from Hamilton to Fisherman Islands. The site includes two new warehouses which are now operational; one dedicated a distribution facility and the other a storage facility. 


Applications for our 2021/22 Community Grant Funding are now open! Grants of up to $15,000 are available for individual, eligible not-for-profit and community organisations.

Every year, our $100,000 Community Grant Program provides vital funding boosts to support those organisations supporting our communities. All the information is available on our 

We'd also like to thank last year's Community Grant recipients for their dedication and passion in delivering positive outcomes for our community, in what was a very challenging year.


Patrick Terminals has recently celebrated the arrival and safe discharge of a new Liebherr Group crane at its Brisbane operations.

The discharge was completed over several days and involved 200 individual lifts successfully managed by Patrick Terminals and Liebherr personnel together with specialist contractors. Specifically, there were eleven heavy lifts using ship cranes, the largest being the tandem lift of the 98T, 74m main beam. 

When assembled and commissioned, the new ship-to-shore crane will be the largest in size and capability in Brisbane, with the ability to efficiently stevedore 14,000 TEU vessels. It will take 14 weeks to assemble, with specialist contractors utilising 300T mobile cranes and other specialist equipment.


We've been delighted to support several clean-up activities in the lead up to Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday 7 March.

Last Sunday, 24 volunteers participated in an Ocean Crusaders Paddle Against Plastic clean-up at Hemmant, removing 750 bags of rubbish from the Brisbane River.  We were proud to support the event as part of our ongoing work with Ocean Crusaders through our Community Grant Program.

Our employees also supported B4C's Planting and Clean-Up morning at Gibson Island.  Volunteers at the event planted 386 native plants to help improve the environmental values of the area.

With the official day on Sunday, there are still many ways to get involved, via events on the official Clean Up Australia Day website or through locally organised activities such as a clean-up in Murarrie. 


The Port of Brisbane delivers an extensive range of events for our customers and stakeholders including International Women's Day, National Reconciliation Week event, Trade Forum, Safety 1 Forum as well as the End of Year event. Watch this space for more information about our upcoming events.

·     Port of Brisbane International Women's Day event (Multi User Terminal) – 9 March

·     Community Consultative Committee meeting (Port Office) – 18 March

·     Landside Logistics Forum (Port Office) – 18 March


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