Community

The Port of Brisbane’s Fisherman Island precinct adjoins the Brisbane bay side suburbs of Wynnum and Manly. Further along the Brisbane River, Port operations occur adjacent to the south side suburbs of Hemmant and the northern suburbs of Pinkenba and Hamilton.

However the influence of our activities is as far-reaching as the Queensland hinterlands and northern New South Wales, where agricultural and mining commodities are produced and transported to the Port of Brisbane for export.

The Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) is a proud supporter of innovative local environmental and community groups who are prepared to make a positive contribution to the local area. In 2013, PBPL formalised a Community Grants Program, which is supported by the ongoing work of our Community Consultative Committee.

Community Grants Program/Sponsorships

PBPL has a long history of identifying and supporting worthy local not-for-profit programs in the areas of environmental management, school education, and community welfare and youth leadership.

In 2013, PBPL’s Community Grants Program shared a total of $90,000 in sponsorship funding across 10 worthy local community and environmental groups.

For a full list of PBPL's 2013 Community Grant recipients please click here or go to our sponsorship page to check out the application process for the 2014 program.

Community Consultative Committee

Our Community Consultative Committee comprises representatives from conservation, business and community groups with an interest in PBPL's activities and its impact on neighbouring communities.

This committee provides a link to our stakeholders and local communities through whom we raise awareness about the port, its development and plans for the future. The committee meets quarterly.

Corporate Environment Social Responsibility (CESR) Program

PBPL’s Corporate Environment Social Responsibility (CESR) program is a commitment to best practise operations that account for our social and environmental stakeholders.

Our 2013 CESR program includes various port improvement works such as the shorebird roost upgrade, re-vegetation and landscaping projects, port clean-up days, as well as mentoring programs, support for local school and business fundraisers and an upgrade to the port Visitors Centre.

PBPL also provides annual support for specific not-for-profit organisations in the Wynnum area, including:

  • Brisbane Bayside State College Literacy Program

PBPL sponsors a Literacy Program at the Brisbane Bay side State College. The program aims to help junior high school students increase their reading, writing and comprehension skills across all subjects.

  • Seagrass and Mangrove Watch

PBPL has enjoyed a long association with environmental groups and initiatives including the Queensland Wildlife Preservation Society’s Seagrass Watch and Mangrove Watch.
Seagrass Watch monitors the density and types of seagrass found in Moreton Bay. Mangrove Watch was launched in March 2009 and monitors the condition of the mangroves
in Moreton Bay.

PBPL staff volunteer on a regular basis to assist with the monitoring and recording of this vital information.

 
Wynnum and Districts Chamber of Commerce

PBPL is a long-time advocate of local business through its sponsorship of the Wynnum and Districts Chamber of Commerce, and participation in the Chamber's various activities.

 

Visitors Centre

PBPL is coordinating a major upgrade of the Port of Brisbane Visitors’ Centre, located on the ground floor of the Port Office.

On completion in early 2014, the new Visitors Centre will provide students with a highly interactive educational experience including iPad-driven education on how the port works, where Australia exports goods to and which countries we import goods from. The Visitors Centre will also include interactive displays of the Port’s dedicated migratory shorebird roost. 

For schools, PBPL conducts free group school and community port tours through our Visitors Centre.
 

Staff nominated charity

Each year, members of our staff social club raise funds for a nominated charity and PBPL matches employee contributions.

Nominated charities include:

  • Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation(nominated charity for 2014)
  • The Leukaemia Foundation The Mater Foundation
  • Down Syndrome Association Queensland
  • Beyondblue 
  • YoungCare
  • Salvation Army - Pindari Women’s Service
  • Australian Cancer Research Foundation.
Employee Volunteer Program

Each full-time PBPL staff member is given the opportunity to undertake one day of volunteer work per year.

Community Enquiries

PBPL is committed to listening to and learning from local community feedback as we seek to continually improve Port operations and minimise our impacts on port customers, the local community and environment.

We encourage feedback about all aspects of the port. If you are a member of the community, a customer or a local resident, you can contact Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd on (07) 3258 4738 or email community@portbris.com.au.

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