NEW FACE: Emilie Pershouse is the new media and community engagement officer for North Queensland Bulk Ports. Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times
NEW FACE: Emilie Pershouse is the new media and community engagement officer for North Queensland Bulk Ports. Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times Sharon Smallwood

Ports corp seeks to engage

NORTH Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) has appointed a new media and community engagement officer to service the communities from Bowen to Mackay, including the Whitsundays.

Emilie Pershouse has a background in marketing and community engagement roles including 11 years with Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) and a stint at the Mackay Base Hospital.

NQBP's senior manager of corporate communications, Mary Steele, said Ms Pershouse's new role would be about "integrating better with our communities".

"Ports are a part of our communities and we need to work closer with the community," she said.

With controversy still surrounding the NQBP port of Abbot Point regarding the dredging and dumping of spoil in either the marine park or wetlands and more recently, allegations against one of the project's proponents Adani, Ms Steele was quick to point out that this particular port was not coal dependent.

"It's a trading port for this state and for this country," she said.

She also said the state-owned facility was somewhat in limbo until a new State Government was announced, "but its long-term future is still [as] a deep water port that's excellent for export, regardless of commodity".

Ms Pershouse meanwhile, said she was looking forward to working with the local communities of the ports at both Abbot Point and Hay Point, to provide the best possible outcomes for all.

She can be contacted via the Mackay office on 4969 0773.


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