Mother Nature smiles on Ports Authority open day
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
CENTRAL Queensland Ports Authority (CQPA) opened its doors yesterday and residents obliged with huge numbers turning out for the biennial open day.
After the event was called off last month due to rain, Mother Nature also played her part, with fine weather greeting the crowds.
Nine-year-old Jack Fuller was one local to take advantage of the open day.
Jack nominated the free rides, port tours and giveaways as the highlights of the day.
CQPA chief executive Leo Zussino said the day was well received by the public.
"The numbers have been good again and the weather is good, so it has been great,'' Mr Zussino said.
According to Mr Zussino, the day was not only enjoyed by local residents but also others from throughout the Central Queensland region.
"An interesting thing I've found is the number of people from outside of Gladstone,'' he said.
"We've had a lot of people who work out in the mining areas coming in and asking questions, finding out what happens at the end of line.''
As always the bus tours were the major attraction, with long lines of people waiting for buses throughout the day.