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Port of Newcastle puts clean energy future to community

Community feedback will be key in the next stage of the Port of Newcastle’s Clean Energy Precinct project

The Port of Newcastle’s planned Clean Energy Precinct project is set to take its next step, as Newcastle and Hunter residents are being briefed about the details of the project over the coming week.

The planned Precinct, set to be built on a 220-hectare piece of land on Kooragang Island just off the north shore of Newcastle, will repurpose a former industrial steelworks waste emplacement facility.

Community consultation sessions regarding the project are being held at Pelibri Place on Hannell Street, Wickham with the dates confirmed as:

  • Monday August 28, 4-7pm
  • Thursday August 31, 4-7pm
  • Saturday September 2, 9am-12pm

After sitting in on these ‘drop-in’ sessions, residents will be encouraged to give their feedback on the Port’s clean energy initiatives, in a move that CEO Craig Carmody believes will benefit the city’s economy greatly.

“We are at the forefront of shaping a new economy and our diversification projects are underpinned by our determination to future-proof one of our city’s critical assets,” Carmody says.

“With more than 5800 jobs projected to be created from the Port’s Clean Energy Precinct, this project will have multi-generation impact across the Hunter.”

The consultation sessions will be by those most closely tied to the project – the project team itself, technical specialists and environmental specialists for the Port and WSP, which is working alongside the Port on the project.

Carmody says that this will not only give the community the best opportunity to understand the next steps of the plan, but also shape it themselves.

“Community feedback will be sought and valued throughout the life of the project, and we have reached a stage in planning for the Clean Energy Precinct where we can walk interested community members through our planning to date, and gain insight into any questions or concerns they might have,” Carmody says.

“Obtaining feedback from our community is not just a tick-box part of our planning process. In establishing a new economy that will benefit the region, it is critical that we bring our community on this journey with us, educate them to understand the project, and for the Port to hear and consider all views.”

The project is backed by a $100 million federal government funding commitment, and aims to make Newcastle and the greater Hunter Region a national leader in clean energy manufacturing.

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