North West Queenslanders Dig It

Productivity at one of Queensland’s most remote ports, is getting a boost as work begins shortly on the new $6.8 million dredging program for the Port of Kurumba, creating a channel depth of 3.2 metres.

Port of Kurumba
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says the investment followed the decision by New Century Resources (NCR) to recommence shipping operations through Karumba from October this year.

“This will be a significant contributor to regional growth in the North West of the State. It is certainly being well received by the local council and port users who appreciate its importance to the economy of Karumba and the Gulf region more broadly.”

The Karumba port channel was developed to facilitate the Century Mine operations in 1999 and in 2016, the State Government funded a $1.7 million maintenance dredging campaign to ensure continued security of the cattle trade out of the port.

Since then, Ports North has been working with NCR who took over the Century facilities, both at the port and mine in 2017, to re-establish transhipment operations through the Port of Karumba.

NCR’s projected annual export volume is 300,000 – 400,000 tonnes over an estimated mine life of 6.5 years.

Ports North chairman Russell Beer says the key now is for all regional stakeholders to take hold of this 6.5-year commitment by NCR and consolidate their industry well into the future.

NCR Managing Director Patrick Walta says it means the port user community in Karumba will have consistent, reliable channel access for years to come,” he said.

“Also, part of our operations will be improving and developing infrastructure to attract new industry. The North West Mineral Province is one of the richest in the world, and we see Century as becoming a regional hub for the incredible assets of the region.”