Engineering and geology students from James Cook University are gaining first-hand experience on the Port of Townsville’s $193 million channel upgrade project.
Two fourth-year engineering students and a graduate in geology have been employed as interns of the project, which is widening the port’s channel and creating about 60ha of land for future port development.
The interns said the project was providing great hands-on experience.
“It gives the opportunity to experience what I studied for,” said geology graduate Kimmy Jennings.
“I can learn about the inner workings of a big project like this. Most importantly I’ve learned about the value of the environment in a real-world setting.”
Port of Townsville general manager, infrastructure, Kim Gebers, said the port was focused on maximising local involvement and developing local capability.
“We are progressing well. We have a very strong focus on local content and developing local businesses and local people wherever possible,” Mr Gebers said.