RESIDENTS wanting a say on the future and operations at the Ports of Mackay and Hay Point are encouraged to step up.

Nominations are open for positions on the North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation community reference groups.

Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert said the reference groups, which have been running for almost 20 years, provided an invaluable link between the port authority and its communities.

"The Port of Mackay and Hay Point are critical to around 22,000 Queensland jobs in mining, agriculture and logistics and facilitates $1.8 billion of trade worldwide," Mrs Gilbert said.

"Making sure our communities and ports flourish through continued investment is crucial to creating jobs as part of Queensland's plan for economic recovery through COVID-19."

Aerial image of the Port of Mackay. Picture: supplied
Aerial image of the Port of Mackay. Picture: supplied

NQBP chief executive Nicolas Fertin said the groups provided a forum for discussions and raising issues relating to port operations and development.

"(The groups) enable members to provide feedback, raise any concerns and to share how we can work together to improve our port communities," Mr Fertin said.

"I would also like to acknowledge our current CRG members, who volunteered for their time, commitment and passion over the last three years."

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Six positions, including three community representatives, one local marina resident and two recreational group (boating, surfing or fishing) representatives, are available on the Port of Mackay CRG.

North Queensland Bulk Ports chief executive Nicolas Fertin. Picture: Melanie Whiting
North Queensland Bulk Ports chief executive Nicolas Fertin. Picture: Melanie Whiting

Eight positions are available for community representatives and interest group representatives on the Port of Hay Point CRG.

Mackay Deputy Mayor Karen May encouraged community members to apply for a role.

"Having been a part of the Hay Point CRG for many years, it's an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to learn more about their local port, represent their community and contribute to their port community's future," Cr May said.

"The CRGs provide a forum for members to express their views, discuss and understand issues and collaboratively identify solutions."

Aerial image of the Port of Hay Point. Picture: Supplied
Aerial image of the Port of Hay Point. Picture: Supplied

The CRG positions are made up of a diverse range of representatives including Yuwi, Mackay Regional Council, local businesses, port industry, environment, and recreational users.

The voluntary membership term is three years with the CRGs meeting quarterly each year.

Nominations close 5pm Friday, January 29, 2021.

For more information and to apply, visit NQBP's website or the Mackay office at Level 1, Waterfront Place, Mulherin Drive, Mackay Harbour.

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