Fingers crossed for port open day

CENTRAL Queensland Ports Authority (CQPA) staff will have their fingers crossed this weekend, as they try for the second time this year to stage their biennial port open day.

Originally planned for last month, the event was cancelled due to heavy rain.

CQPA community relations officer Kim Norton said despite the interruption, the event was sure to be as popular as ever.

"Port Open Day is not only our chance to showcase port operations but also to thank the local and regional communities for their support in helping to make Gladstone one of the nation's premier port centres,'' she said.

Staged between 9am and 3pm at the Gladstone Marina, Port Open Day includes port tours, industry displays, amusement rides, a free lunchtime sausage sizzle and prizes to win.

Prize draws on the day will include a fabulous family holiday for four to Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island, a night at Rydges Capricorn Resort Yeppoon and a Port Adventure Pack including a helicopter ride; a ride aboard a tugboat; and a trip aboard a vessel.

Additionally, displays from some of Gladstone's major industries will be on show, giving Open Day visitors the opportunity to learn more about Gladstone's port associated industries and businesses in the one location. About 10 displays will be situated in the marina parklands as part of Open Day celebrations.

Queensland's largest multicargo port, Central Queensland Ports Authority's (CQPA) Port of Gladstone handles more than 63 million tonnes of cargo each year, playing a significant role in both the local and state economies.

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