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The Port of Townsville Channel Upgrade Project has taken another major step with a multi-million-dollar rock supply contract awarded to Holcim Australia.

The material supplied by Holcim will form a major component of the total rock supply required to construct the wall that will protect a 62ha reclamation area to accommodate expanded port infrastructure. Further suppliers will be announced in the near future.

Port of Townsville Limited chief executive officer Ranee Crosby said more than 600,000 tonnes of core and armour rock would be required over the next 12 months for the construction of the rock wall. 

``Local benefit is an important consideration in the awarding of contracts for the channel upgrade, and Holcim’s involvement will deliver that,” she said.

Holcim general manager Queensland Aggregates Peter Ambrose said the company's Roseneath quarry would add up to eight new team members and additional local suppliers and service companies would be engaged to support this work.’

Holcim’s trucking program will follow a Department of Transport and Main Roads approved route along the Flinders Highway and then onto the Port Access Road.

ms Crosby said there would be a phased start to rock haulage, occuring between 6am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday.

``We’re restricting movements to daylight hours to minimise any impact on residents,’’ Ms Crosby said.

The $193 million Channel Upgrade has taken more than 10 years in planning, including Commonwealth and State Government environmental approvals. It represents the biggest investment project in the Port’s history and involves widening of the shipping channel to accommodate ships of up to 300 metres in length. Due to the narrowness of the channel, only ships of up to 238m can currently access the Port.  

The Queensland and Commonwealth Governments have each committed $75 million for the project, with the Port of Townsville contributing $43 million.

Townsville Port is the country’s largest sugar, zinc, lead, copper and fertiliser port and Northern Australia’s largest container and automotive port.

Rock contract awarded for channel upgrade