Community Forum highlights need for integrated Port planning strategy

Last night around 50 local residents attended a Planning Forum for the future of the Port of Newcastle organised by the Newcastle Greens.

“The Planning Forum was a great success,” said Greens Councillor Michael Osborne, who facilitated the forum.

“Local residents had workshop discussions with Greens MLC David Shoebridge, MLC Cate Faehrmann, MLC John Kaye and Senator Lee Rhiannon to discuss their concerns about the ad-hoc planning currently occurring in the Port of Newcastle Port,” Cr Osborne said.

“The discussion forum identified issues of concern created by the expansion of the Port of Newcastle and the lack of proper planning for the Port,” Cr Osborne said.

“Some of the issues raised were the expansion of hazardous industries in close proximity to residential areas, the lack of infrastructure to safely accommodate the Port expansion, the long term environmental and social implications of unmitigated expansion and the lack of adequate environmental monitoring in the suburbs around the Port,” Cr Osborne said.

“Local residents have been let down by successive state governments who have failed to develop an integrated strategy for the Port of Newcastle,” Cr Osborne said.

“A community Planning Forum for the future of the Port of Newcastle is exactly what the Newcastle Port Corporation and the Department of Planning should have organised,” Cr Michael Osborne said.

Contact: Michael Osborne 0439 442984 or 4940 8149

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