White's Shed planned deconstruction

Published: 15 July 2024

White’s Shed is an historic sugar handling facility that is badly dilapidated and located behind the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal. It has not been used since the mid-1960s when the Cairns bulk sugar terminal was opened in Portsmith. 

Ports North and local stakeholders have been calling for the shed’s removal for some time, however it contains a bag-stacking conveyor that has been recognised as infrastructure of significant cultural heritage. This has meant the deconstruction of the building has required careful consideration and consultation with the Queensland Heritage Council.  

We have now appointed Demex the contractor for deconstruction. They will commence preparations from 22 July with deconstruction underway by 1 August 2024. The timing coincides with a break in cruise shipping, avoiding disruption to services and passengers.  

During deconstruction the surrounding parkland will be fenced off for safety and we will need to close a section of Wharf Street on the southbound side. We have consulted with the relevant organisations regarding flora and fauna risk and will abide by their advice regarding any disturbance to plant or wildlife.

The parkland will be reopened for public use no later than the end of September.



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