No more coal dust for Newcastle!

No more coal dust for Newcastle!

draft Greater Newcastle metropolitan plan has just been released by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

Thanks to the feedback from the local community a highlight of the plan is the inclusion of an investigation into relocating the Carrington coal stockpiles and loader away from residential areas (page 84).

The draft plan will examine options to revitalise this area.

'This presents an important opportunity for our community. Relocating the Carrington Coal Terminal and Stockpiles will:

  • Reduce coal dust pollution that is already at unacceptable levels
  • Stop the coal trains and the noise, dust, dieselfumes and traffic problems ...

draft Greater Newcastle metropolitan plan has just been released by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

Thanks to the feedback from the local community a highlight of the plan is the inclusion of an investigation into relocating the Carrington coal stockpiles and loader away from residential areas (page 84).

The draft plan will examine options to revitalise this area.

'This presents an important opportunity for our community. Relocating the Carrington Coal Terminal and Stockpiles will:

  • Reduce coal dust pollution that is already at unacceptable levels
  • Stop the coal trains and the noise, dust, dieselfumes and traffic problems they cause for rail side suburbs from Carrington to Maitland
  • Create new opportunities for tourism, open space, light industrial or other export industries that are compatible with the residential area, schools and the proposed new cruise ship terminal
  • Consolidate coal exports at the Kooragang coal terminal Which is also owned by Port Waratah Coal Services who have 40% spare capacity.

We have until the 28th of February 2018 to have a say on the draft Greater Newcastle metropolitan plan.

Move the Carrington Coal Terminal. Let's make it happen!
Write your submission here, and the Tighes Hill Community Group will print them out and personally deliver them to the Department of Planning. To have the most impact please make sure to include your own thoughts in the submission: 

 

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No more coal dust for Newcastle! Let's relocate the Carrington coal terminal.

We have until the 28th of February 2018 to have our say on the draft Greater Newcastle metropolitan plan.

It is time to phase out the Carrington Coal Loader and Stockpiles

Let's make it happen!

Write your submission here, and the Tighes Hill Community Group will print them out and personally deliver them to the Department of Planning. To have the most impact please make sure to include your own thoughts in the submission.

Dear Monica Gibson, Director, Hunter Region, Department of Planning and Environment,

Please accept my submission to the draft Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan.

Firstly, thank you to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for the excellent consultation process on the draft plan that has resulted in the inclusion of the investigation to relocate the coal export facilities in the Carrington precinct. I appreciate the Department taking the time to hear first-hand from residents on the impacts of the coal export facilities on the local community.

I support the following statement in the draft plan: "The Port of Newcastle, working with Newcastle City Council and NSW Department of Planning and Environment, will investigate the potential to relocate coal export facilities and bulk fuel storages away from residential areas and explore options to renew the Carrington Precinct for alternative uses (including tourism)."

There are many reasons to undertake an investigation into relocating the coal export facilities. These include:

* This is consistent with the new plans from the Port of Newcastle who have stated that there needs to be diversification of the Port..

* Reducing exposure to coal dust pollution of thousands of people who currently live within 500m of the 25ha large open coal stockpiles, some less than 200m away.

* Coal dust (PM10) emissions from Newcastle coal terminals have increased 56% in the last five years.

* An EPA study shows that at least 10% of the dust that is breathed in by people living in Newcastle's riverside suburbs is coal dust. Coarse particle pollution causes a range of respiratory problems and there is no safe level of exposure.

* Relocating T1 could be a win-win situation for Port Waratah Coal Services and the coal companies. Port Waratah currently have 40% spare capacity and could consolidate operations at their Kooragang terminal, increasing efficiency. Some coal companies are currently operating at a loss due to take-or-pay contracts that are no longer profitable.

* The T1 site offers greater potential job opportunities in tourism or new export industry. There are very few jobs at the Carrington Coal Terminal (<20) and workers can be relocated to the Kooragang terminal.

I hope the department will make a firm commitment to carry out a full investigation into the relocation of the Carrington Coal Terminal.

Sincerely,