Petition to save port already has 400 signatures

IN the centenary year of the establishment of the Gladstone Ports Corporation, Labor candidate Glenn Butcher has started a petition to save the port that has already garnered more than 400 e-signatures.

Entitled "Save Gladstone's Port - Save Gladstone's Jobs", the e-petition states that the GPC is a major part of state and regional economies through its diverse existing and future facilities in Gladstone as well as through its ownership of Port Alma and the Port of Bundaberg.

It also says the GPC is a major local and regional employer and a significant contributor to community causes and facilities.

The petition asks the Queensland Legislative Assembly to reject any plans to privatise the port and its operations.

"Any sale will directly threaten local and regional jobs and the corporation's contributions to the community as private owners seek to generate profits for shareholders residing outside the region,'' it says.



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