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For all media enquiries, please contact the Communication Services team: +61 2 4908 8214.




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Recent News

  1. Education site

    New education website brings the Port of Newcastle into the classroom

    17 November 2016

    Port of Newcastle has launched a new interactive educational website for kids, students or anyone else with an interest in learning more about the Port.
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  2. The Channel - Spring Summer 2016

    The Channel - Spring Summer 2016

    16 November 2016

    Read the Spring Summer edition of Port of Newcastle's seasonal community newsletter, The Channel.

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  3. Wind turbines

    Video - wind turbine unloading in the Port of Newcastle

    17 October 2016

    Port of Newcastle's first shipment of wind turbines made their way into the Port early on Friday morning.

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  4. White Rock Wind Farm

    Wind turbines to arrive in the Port of Newcastle

    14 October 2016

    Eight wind turbines are due to arrive in the Port of Newcastle overnight aboard the vessel MV Erna Oldendorff. 

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  5. Cruise terminal announcement

    Terminal will secure Newcastle’s future as a global cruise ship destination

    27 September 2016

    Port of Newcastle and the Port Authority of NSW welcome the NSW Government's commitment of $12.7 million for a permanent multi-purpose cruise terminal facility at the Port of Newcastle. 

    A permanent terminal will strengthen Newcastle as an international cruise destination and secure the long-term future of cruise shipping in the Hunter.

    It will be built at the Channel Berth within the Port's Carrington Precinct which meets current and future cruise industry requirements including berthing for vessels up to 320 metres in length.

    "Cruise shipping currently delivers around $11 million per annum to the local economy, according to the Australian Cruise Association," said Geoff Crowe, Port of Newcastle CEO.

    "The cruise terminal will enable the Port to attract more cruise ships. Purpose-built facilities will provide a professional welcome for passengers and will position Newcastle as a home port where ships can start and finish their destination in Newcastle."

    "Home porting has the potential to deliver additional economic value to the region via more cruise ships, more interstate and international visitors and an opportunity for local businesses to supply goods and services for the provisioning of ships. Additionally, it complements the growing capacity of Newcastle Airport.

    The funding will enable the construction of a purpose built terminal of approximately 3,000 square metres, a dedicated car park, enhanced wharf infrastructure and improved accessibility for ship provisioning. When not in use by cruise ships, the terminal could be used for occasional events, navy vessel visits, or other port uses.

    It builds on an earlier State and Federal Government commitment (June 2016) of $800,000 for the upgrade of mooring bollards at the Channel Berth, which will enable the port to host larger, heavier ships carrying up to 3,500 passengers. The mooring bollards upgrade will commence later this year and is due to be completed in mid 2017.

    Concurrently, the terminal will enter the detailed design phase. Construction of the terminal is due to commence in mid 2017 and will be completed in 2018.

    "Newcastle is a diverse port with 25 cargoes, and we are committed to contributing to the growth and diversification of the Hunter region's economy. This funding is an important step towards that," said Geoff. 

    Pictured: Port of Newcastle CEO, Geoff Crowe, at the Channel Berth in Carrington for the announcement this morning.

    Media contacts 
    Port of Newcastle: Lauren Eyles, Executive Manager Communication, phone 4908 8214.
    Port Authority of NSW: Kelly Mico, Senior Manager Corporate Affairs, phone 0407 066 175. 

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  6. Hunter SLS

    Need a helping hand with your next community project?

    23 September 2016

    Port of Newcastle is once again inviting applications for its Community Partnerships Program.

    The Port's community sponsorship program aims to assist local community groups looking for a helping hand with their next community project, program or event. Since the port lease commenced in May 2014, Port of Newcastle has awarded more than $400,000 to community projects spanning education, the environment, youth leadership and development and community health and well-being.

    CEO Geoff Crowe said the Port's Community Partnerships Program gave the surrounding community an opportunity to partner with the port.

    "Our Community Partnerships Program recognises the connection between local people and our port. We are proud to share the benefits of trade growth by investing in local community groups and the invaluable work they do," said Geoff.

    So far this year, Port of Newcastle has assisted the Micro Theatre Festival in delivering a successful season of performances in venues around the Newcastle CBD, partnered with the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment in presenting the 2016 Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival and funded a new fundraising barbeque trailer for the Variety children's charity.

    "We support a diverse range of local groups and projects through the Community Partnerships Program. My team and I are proud to assist these groups in continuing to deliver benefit for our city and community," said Geoff.

    Local groups and organisations in the Newcastle LGA that are interested in applying for funding through the Community Partnerships Program are encouraged to download the guidelines and application form on Port of Newcastle website or by clicking here.

    Please contact Sarah Kiely, Port of Newcastle's Communication Officer, with any questions on 4908 8220.

    Applications close at 5pm on Friday 14 August 2016.

    Pictured: Port of Newcastle CEO, Geoff Crowe and Hunter Surf Life Saving President, Henry Scruton.

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  7. Welcome

    Position Vacant - Legal Officer

    16 September 2016

    An full time position has arisen with Port of Newcastle for an experienced lawyer to join the in-house legal team comprising the Executive Manager of Corporate Services (General Counsel & Company Secretary) and a Legal Counsel.

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  8. EVF

    Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival

    3 August 2016

    The Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival (EVF) will be held at the Newcastle Kart Racing Club this month to promote sustainable transport and the development of electric vehicles in the Hunter region.

    Port of Newcastle has partnered with the University of Newcastle's Tom Farrell Institute in support of the event, which involves local primary school and high school students building and racing their own electric vehicles. The event culminates on Sunday 14 August for the EV Prize and EV Show where the latest in all things electric vehicle will be on display.

    Port of Newcastle CEO, Geoff Crowe said the EVF provides a fun, hands-on learning experience for students, who will get the opportunity learn more about solar-powered cars and future alternative transport modes.

    "Port of Newcastle is proud to partner with the Tom Farrell Institute in engaging students around the design and operation of innovative transport solutions. This ties in well with the region's efforts to increase students' interest and skills in science and technology," said Geoff.

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  9. Steel Magnolia

    Proud to support Steel Magnolia Award 2016

    29 July 2016

    This evening, hundreds will gather at Newcastle's City Hall to recognise the remarkable contribution made by women in our region. 

    Lifeline's Steel Magnolia Award honours a local woman who has been through adversity, yet still finds the courage and inspiration to give back to her community. Presenter, journalist, author and mental health advocate, Jessica Rowe, will mark her first visit to the Hunter as the key note speaker at the Awards.

    Port of Newcastle CEO, Geoff Crowe, said the Steel Magnolia Award will be a celebration of the inspiring women in our region and the exceptional contribution they make.


    "Port of Newcastle is proud to partner with Lifeline in presenting the 2016 Steel Magnolia Award in honour of the remarkable women in our region," said Geoff.


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  10. Happy Buccaneer

    Happy Buccaneer shiploader delivery

    25 July 2016

    On Sunday 24 July, Port of Newcastle welcomed the Happy Buccaneer to the port. The Big Lift vessel, with its distinctive yellow livery, was delivering two new ship loaders to Port Waratah Coal Services' Carrington terminal. Click to watch a video of the Happy Buccaneer's entry into the Port yesterday.

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