Newcastle will always be a working port but it is time that the community made the port work for everyone not just the coal industry. The opportunity for port development to guarantee Newcastle’s economic future, supply long term jobs, significant infrastructure and environmental benefits to Newcastle and the Hunter Valley should not be jeapordised by short term planning resulting from the mining boom.

Greens MPs Cate Faehrmann (Ports) and Jeremy Buckingham (Mining) will address issues identified at last year’s community forum –

  • A diversified port not reliant on coal
  • Redesigning our transport infrastructure to benefit the community
  • Long term sustainable jobs
  • Cementing our city as a regional centre with quality services and industry
  • Improved environmental outcomes from future development

Key issues include:

  • Supporting a container terminal to diversify Newcastle Ports
  • No further coal expansion – working with Upper Hunter residents campaigning against coal expansion
  • Transport networks need to be modified to get best public transport outcomes, minimum disruption to the community and especially freight on rail
  • Improved environmental outcomes ensuring new port development remediates past contamination, covering coal trains to minimise dust and reduced noise impacts
  • Ensuring port operations are supporting training and development opportunities for Newcastle and Hunter Valley young people

A representative of the Lock the Gate Alliance will talk about the extent of coal mining and port expansion around Australia and the need for regional centres to back community fighting against coal expansions.

Guest Speakers

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham MLC

Greens MP Cate Faehrmann MLC

Lock The Gate

MC:                 Clr Michael Osborne, Newcastle City Council

Venue:           Mayfield Bowling Club, 3a Ingall St. Mayfield

Date:               Wednesday 11th April 2012  7.30pm  Supper served

RSVP:             Megan Benson megabens@gmail.com Phone 4997 6522

Media:            Clr Michael Osborne  Mobile 0439 442 984

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