Port of Newcastle seeking community feedback on Clean Energy Precinct plans

With planning progressing, Port of Newcastle is inviting Newcastle and Hunter residents to learn more about its planned Clean Energy Precinct project and share feedback on its future clean energy diversification plans.

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L-R: John Thacker, NewWest Community Group, Lynn Kilby, GLOW (Great Lifestyles of Wickham), Sheena Martin, Acting CEO Business Hunter, Lloyd Davies, Stockton Community Group, Tony Samson OAM, Mayfield Business Improvement Association. Image: Port of Newcastle

The ambitious Clean Energy Precinct project aims to rejuvenate a 220-hectare plot on Kooragang Island, once a steelworks waste emplacement site, into a cutting-edge hub for clean energy production, storage, and export. The hub will service the production of hydrogen, green ammonia, and advanced manufacturing.

To ensure that the local community's voice is heard, the Port has launched an online survey, which will remain open until Wednesday, September 20. The survey provides residents with a platform to express their views, offer insights, and contribute to the project's development.

Backed by a substantial $100-million funding commitment from the Commonwealth Government, the project promises to generate over 5800 jobs in the region. Such a significant employment boost is poised to have a far-reaching impact on the local economy.

The Clean Energy Precinct project aligns seamlessly with the region's goals to diversify its economy and reduce dependence on coal, thereby making a meaningful contribution to the fight against climate change. As the transition towards cleaner energy sources accelerates, projects like this are taking on ever greater significance in securing the economic and environmental future of the Hunter Region.

A wealth of project information and frequently asked questions, along with the online survey available are on the Port’s website here.

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