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The Boyne Island and Tannum Sands communities were projected to experience a population growth of 14,000 as the smelter expanded.

The smelter helped fund the development of new infrastructure by working in partnership with the Queensland State Government, the City of Gladstone, the Shire of Calliope and other local bodies.

This resulted in infrastructure that helped create a self-contained community serving the smelter workforce, and supporting an anticipated overflow of population from Gladstone City.

Infrastructure built as part of the partnership included:

  • The John Oxley Bridge, which crosses the Boyne River, connecting Boyne Island and Tannum Sands
  • A system of upgraded roads that improved access between the two communities and Gladstone, as well as access to the smelter
  • A new sewerage treatment plant and water reticulation scheme
  • Major improvements to electricity supply
  • A regional shopping complex
  • Sporting, recreational and community facilities.



Economic growth

BSL contributes more than $1.4 billion annually to Australia’s Gross Domestic Product, with more than half of this economic benefit going to the Gladstone region.

Over 1,000 of our 1,200 suppliers are Australian companies and almost three quarters of our spending on goods and services occurs with Gladstone businesses.