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Mackay exports hit record numbers

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The Port of Mackay has recorded its biggest month of exports, doubling its amount of tonnage when compared with the same month last year.

During August, 448,065 tonnes of product was exported from the port – that compares with 277,624 tonnes recorded last year.

Fuel, raw sugar, molasses and scrap metal have all been at record levels.

Transport Minister Mark Bailey says the export volumes have provided a huge boost to the local economy.

"Raw sugar exports set a new monthly record at 129,000 tonnes, outstripping last year’s August result of 101,895," Mr Bailey says.

"And for the first time in five years, August saw 44,00 tonnes of grain go through the port."

Last month also saw the Port of Hay Point join international companies in an agreement for hydrogen exports out of the Mackay facility.

State MP for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert says it means new jobs and economic development for the region.

"North Queensland is the backbone of our export industry and this achievement builds hope for many operators across the state," she says.

"While it’s too early to predict a trend, the Port of Mackay has certainly achieved a gold medal month."