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Townsville Channel Upgrade Workforce Grows

Saturday, 25 May 2019 | 00:00

The Port of Townsville Channel Upgrade Project is expanding its workforce with nine new positions on the project team. The latest recruitment is part of the creation of a total workforce of approximately 120 people on the Project, with all roles being filled either through direct employment by the Port or through contractors on the Project. The roles currently being advertised are being created to meet the skill requirements of the project, with the focus on construction and commercial management, environmental, drafting, engineering and surveying.

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart commented on the growth, saying “The Port is the backbone of our great city and I encourage Townsville locals to apply and be part of these local infrastructure projects.” Member-Elect for Herbert Phillip Thompson said that it was great to see more local jobs created at the Townsville Port through the Channel Upgrade Project. “The Channel Upgrade will allow bigger ships including; cruise, freight and naval ships to enter into the Port which will boost the economy,”

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Mr Thompson said. Port of Townsville General Manger Infrastructure, Kim Gebers, said that the new positions reflect the fact that the Project is entering its next major phase; the construction of a rock wall that will protect a 62-hectare Port Reclamation Area. ‘The construction of the rock wall is scheduled to start in the second half of 2019 and that means more job opportunities,' Mr Gebers said. Due to the timeframe of the Channel Upgrade Project, the new positions will be based on two and threeyear contracts.

All roles are being advertised on the Port website, Facebook, Linkedin and seek.com. As part of its workforce planning, the Port of Townsville is also committing to a goal of 10 percent Indigenous employment on the Channel Upgrade Project. The Townsville Port Channel Upgrade is a joint project of the Queensland and Australian Governments, and Port of Townsville Limited. The Channel Upgrade forms part of the Townsville City Deal signed in December 2016.
Source: Port of Townsville

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