The Channel

Port of Newcastle's community newsletter, The Channel, is distributed to portside households and businesses on a seasonal basis. If you would like to sign up to receive The Channel by email, please click here.


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




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Recent News

  1. Nobbys SLSC

    Recognising our community partners

    19 July 2016

    Port of Newcastle is proud to support local, community-run projects. It recently awarded more than $62,000 to a diverse range of worthy causes in port-side suburbs and the wider Newcastle area.

    Projects supported by Port of Newcastle range from the Micro Theatre Festival, to be held in local venues across the Newcastle CBD in August, to the purchase of equipment for Nobbys Surf Life Saving Club's New Wave Nipper program, which will allow children with disabilities to take part in beach activities. Further information is available here.

    Pictured: Nobbys Surf Life Saving Club's New Wave Nippers program.

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  2. Welcome

    Position Vacancy - Vessel Scheduler

    8 July 2016

    An exciting opportunity has arisen with Port of Newcastle for a dynamic and experienced Vessel Scheduler to join our team.

    Reporting to the Operations Supervisor, the Vessel Scheduler ensures efficient scheduling of vessel movements for Port of Newcastle through strategic planning and working with key stakeholders to develop, plan and optimise the efficient use of the channel using the relevant booking system and tools. 

    Click here  for more information.

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  3. The Channel Winter 2016

    The Channel - Winter 2016

    6 July 2016

    The Winter edition of Port of Newcastle's seasonal newsletter has been published and distributed to portside households and businesses. Click here to read an online version of The Channel.

    If you would like to sign up to receive a copy of Port of Newcastle's community newsletter delivered straight to your inbox click here.

    Click here to catch up on past editions of The Channel.

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  4. Winter Heat

    Winter Heat 2016 | Hotter than ever

    27 May 2016

    It's time to rug up for the annual Winter Heat event hosted along the Honeysuckle foreshore on Saturday 11 June, 5pm - 9pm. 

    Heat meets harbour as Honeysuckle comes alive with a stunning display of on water activities, alongside the fire-themed landside entertainment. Six festival zones featuring a kids zone, silent disco, food and wine, digital light projections, opera singing and fire sculptures will stretch along the waterfront. 

    Port of Newcastle CEO Geoff Crowe, said the Winter Heat Festival will light up the harbour with a spectacle of light, music, fire and water.

    "As the exclusive presenter of Winter Heat 2016, Port of Newcastle is proud to partner with Newcastle NOW in providing a free event that the whole community can join in on. For locals and visitors alike, Winter Heat 2016 is a fantastic showcase of the port and our harbour city," said Geoff. 

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  5. HMAS Success

    Navy vessel visit to Port of Newcastle

    29 April 2016

    Great news for local business with HMAS SUCCESS arriving in the Port of Newcastle just after 9am today. 220 crew will spend a weekend in Newcastle for rest and relaxation, following a six month deployment in the Middle East. The ship is scheduled to depart the Port at 10am on Monday morning.

    There are no scheduled open days and no public access to the ship. The best vantage point to view HMAS SUCCESS is from Honeysuckle.

    Port of Newcastle welcomes the crew on board the vessel to the Port of Newcastle

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  6. Hunter SLSC

    Proud to partner with Hunter Surf Life Saving Club

    22 April 2016

    Hunter Surf Life Saving Club's Support Operations teams are on call 365 days of the year, patrolling from the Sygna wreck north of Stockton, down to Burwood Beach, south of Merewether SLSC.

    Port of Newcastle recently provided $8,000 in funding through its Community Partnerships Program to equip the Support Operations team with a new, high performance addition to its fleet of Rescue Water Crafts.

    Port of Newcastle CEO Geoff Crowe said the Port's sponsorship of the Rescue Water Craft aimed to assist Hunter Surf Life Saving Club to continue providing a vital rescue service to the thousands of beachgoers, fishermen and recreational boaters taking advantage of the Newcastle coastline each year.

    "The Port of Newcastle is pleased to support the work of the Hunter Surf Life Saving Club and their specialist groups of lifesavers, ensuring they are well equipped to conduct patrols and fast, efficient rescue operations when required. Newcastle is recognised internationally for its stunning coastline and the Hunter's lifesavers play an important role in keeping our beaches safe and ultimately saving lives," said Geoff.

    Pictured: Port of Newcastle CEO, Geoff Crowe and Hunter Surf Lifesaving Club President, Henry Scruton, launched the new jet ski from Carrington boat ramp before taking it for a test run around the Port.


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  7. Partnering with our community

    4 April 2016

    Port of Newcastle is inviting applications for its Community Partnerships Program. Funding is available for community groups looking for a helping hand with their next community project, program or event. 

    Port of Newcastle's Community Partnerships Program seeks to partner with community groups and organisations and invest in projects that make a measurable difference to the lives of people within our community. 

    Recognising the 217-year history shared by the Port, the City of Newcastle and wider Hunter region, the Program aims to share the benefits of trade growth with the local community members.

    Since the Port lease commenced in May 2014, Port of Newcastle has awarded more than $325,000 to a diverse range of projects and organisations spanning education, the environment, youth leadership and development, and community health and wellbeing.

    Recipients in 2015 included Carrington Public School Parents & Citizens Association, CityServe, Hunter Brain Injury Respite Options, Hunter School of the Performing Arts Marching Show Band, Hunter Surf Lifesaving Inc., Kooragang Volunteers, Lifeline Newcastle & Hunter, Mayfield West Preschool, Mission to Seafarers, Newcastle Commemorative Services Ltd, Newcastle East Public School, Newcastle Maritime Museum, Newcastle NOW, Newcastle Rowing Club Incorporated, Nobbys Surf Life Saving Club, Robogals Newcastle, Rotary Club of Newcastle, Samaritans, Saucy Jack Classic, Soul Café, Stockton Historical Society, Stockton Surf Life Saving Club, Surfest, TAD Disability Services, Tantrum Youth Arts, and the University of Newcastle.


    Port of Newcastle's CEO, Geoff Crowe said the Community Partnerships Program gave the surrounding community an opportunity to partner with the Port and share the benefits of trade growth.

    "Like many Novocastrians, I appreciate the tremendous contribution that local groups and organisations make to our community. My team and I are proud to assist these groups in continuing to deliver benefit for our city and community."

    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 available here and contact Sarah Kiely, Port of Newcastle's Communication Officer, with any questions on 4908 8220. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 22 April 2016.

    Stockton SLSC

    Pictured: Port of Newcastle funded a new sun shade at Carrington Public School, which is used by students and provides a sheltered area for stall holders at the quarterly Carrington Village Markets.  The markets are run by P&C volunteers to fundraise for the school and provide essential resources for students.

    Carrington Public School

    Pictured: Stockton Surf Life Saving Club's Active Kids program was sponsored by Port of Newcastle during the 2015-16 surf life saving season.

    Media enquiries: Lauren Eyles, Executive Manager Communication, via the Port of Newcastle media line: 61 2 4908 8214.

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  8. Breakwaters

    Newcastle Breakwater Maintenance - March 2016

    1 April 2016

    Essential maintenance will be conducted on the Newcastle breakwater from Monday 4 April. The work is expected to be completed by Thursday 7 April.

    The first 900 metres of the breakwater and Macquarie Pier remains open to the public.

    For safety reasons, the last 110 metres of the Newcastle breakwater will be closed whilst tipper trucks and an excavator deliver and place rocks along the end of the breakwater.

    Members of the public are requested to be mindful of safety and of extra vehicles operating in the area whilst the maintenance work is conducted.

    As the breakwaters are subject to heavy weather impacts, regular maintenance is required to strengthen and preserve this important port facility.

    Port of Newcastle thanks the community for its cooperation.

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  9. Crowds welcome Queen Elizabeth

    Crowds welcome Queen Elizabeth to Newcastle

    22 February 2016

    Passengers and crew of the Cunard vessel Queen Elizabeth received a warm welcome this morning from hundreds of onlookers who lined the Newcastle Foreshore and Stockton Foreshore.

    The red and black cruise liner arrived in the Port of Newcastle at 7.15am, sailing past Nobbys Headland with 1,956 passengers and 989 crew on board.

    After docking at the Channel Berth, the ship’s passengers had the opportunity to explore the Hunter region and take part in the many shore excursions planned, from food and wine tours in the Hunter Valley, dolphin cruises at Port Stephens and Newcastle city highlights tours.

    A civic reception was held to mark the vessel’s connection to the 450 Squadron, which sailed on Cunard’s original Queen Elizabeth to serve in World War II. Queen Elizabeth’s captain Alistair Clark, along with veterans, their families, RAAF personal and local dignitaries attended the commemorative service. A ‘keys to the city’ welcome reception was also hosted in honour of the cruise ship.

    Port of Newcastle’s CEO, Geoff Crowe, acknowledged that Queen Elizabeth’s visit was a highlight of the 2015-16 cruise season.

    "It was terrific to see the warm welcome that our community provided to Queen Elizabeth today, and it was a privilege for the port to host Queen Elizabeth," said Mr Crowe.

    "It is the first Cunard vessel to visit the Port of Newcastle since 1907.

    "We appreciate the economic benefit that cruise ship visitors and crew bring to our region and hope that today is the first of many visits by Queen Elizabeth."

    The Australian Cruise Association estimates that cruise shipping provides an injection of around $11 million per annum to the Hunter region’s economy.

    Queen Elizabeth received a three-gun salute from Fort Scratchley as she departed the port.

    Pictured: Crowds welcomed Queen Elizabeth on her maiden voyage to the Port of Newcastle

    Media enquiries: Lauren Eyles, Executive Manager Communication, via the Port of Newcastle media line: 61 2 4908 8214.

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