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Newcastle businesses cleaned-up more than 1.64 tonnes of litter from around the port on Friday, 3rd May 2019.

The second annual Port Litter Pick saw everything from cigarette butts, plastic bags and soft drink cans through to old tyres, scrap metal and an ironing board cleaned up and properly discarded.

The Port of Newcastle initiative attracted 87 people from 13 port-related businesses, including Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), Port Authority NSW, Cargill Australia, Linx Cargo Care, Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group, Kooragang Bulk Facilities/Tomago Aluminum, Impact Fertiliser, Sims Group Australia, Port of Newcastle, Koppers, Newcastle Stevedores, Custom Transportable Buildings and Newcastle Yacht Club.

The ARTC team took home the ‘Litter Legends’ trophy, having collected 400 kilograms of rubbish from the rail corridor, the largest haul from all participating teams.
Port of Newcastle environment adviser, Jackie Spiteri, said the Port Litter Pick was an important annual event that formed a part of the Port’s overall environmental management and sustainability program.

“It is a collaborative effort that is only possible due to the enthusiasm and service of the many port business that have a mutual commitment to protecting our environment and the overall health of the Port,” Ms. Spiteri said.

“We set a new record this year, easily eclipsing the 300 kg collected last year.

“It is concerning that there is such a large amount of rubbish needlessly being dumped on and around Newcastle Harbour and port land. It is a reminder to everyone in the community to take responsibility for their own rubbish and dispose of it safely and responsibility.”

All rubbish was collected using biodegradable bags and gloves and will be sorted for proper disposable and recycling where possible.

Source: https://www.hunterheadline.com.au/hh/business-news/port-community-members-roll-sleeves-environment/

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Projects that light up Newcastle’s stunning harbour make up some of the successful applications in Round 4 of the 2018 Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced that five new community infrastructure projects would benefit from the Round 4 Fund, with a total value of $1.35 million going into projects to enhance the port-side areas for the community.

“I am pleased to announce that a good mixture of community activation and port-side infrastructure works make up this year’s successful projects,” Mr MacDonald said. “The $1.35 million will be awarded to Projecting Newcastle, Cottage Creek Beautification, Seafarer Volunteer Service, Camp Shortland Precinct Activation, and Lightscape. “The largest single grant this year is $450,000 towards Hunter Water’s work to explore Cottage Creek Beautification – Bank Amenity Works.

Pending environmental investigations, community engagement, design and approvals, the project could see new vegetation, open areas and promenades introduced along the stormwater channel, stretching from the rail line to Honeysuckle Drive.” Hunter Water’s Managing Director Jim Bentley said Hunter Water welcomed the $450,000 grant.

“This grant will allow Hunter Water to continue its exploration of the liveability and public amenity benefits of naturalising the existing Cottage Creek channel, and allow us to work with our communities and stakeholders to finalise design, environmental investigations and approvals,” Mr Bentley said.

“Naturalising the Cottage Creek stormwater channel would transform the current concrete waterway into a thriving space for community recreation and greatly improve the environmental and social amenity of the area.”

“There are also two separate lighting/projection projects that will add attractive activation to the harbour, with the University of Newcastle successful with its Honeysuckle Lightscape project and GrainCorp successful with its Projecting Newcastle initiative,” Mr MacDonald said.

These will use state-of-the-art laser technology to project images and video onto some of Newcastle’s iconic structures and landscapes, providing safe night-time attractions to bring people into the city after dark.

In addition to this, the city will benefit from significant infrastructure improvement with Newcastle City Council’s Camp Shortland Precinct Activation that involves temporary infrastructure improvements to the Camp Shortland site, including children’s play areas, walkways, seating and exercise equipment.

http://www.hbrmag.com.au/article/read/successful-community-port-fund-projects-announced-2898

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Former BHP steelworkers in Newcastle have reached out to the thousands of Arrium employees facing a nervous future after the company’s collapse.

Arrium went into voluntary administration yesterday.

It is the parent company of OneSteel, which operates several Hunter manufacturing sites, and jobs at seven Hunter-based firms are now under a cloud.

Australian Workers Union (AWU) branch secretary Richard Downie is meeting with Arrium administrator Grant Thornton in Adelaide on Friday to find out the future for local jobs at sites including Mayfield, Cardiff and Hexham.

Mr Downie said it appeared at least one local plant was safe.

“The announcement left Mollycop Mining Consumables, which is the old Commonwealth Steel Plant in Waratah, out of the picture, so they’re safe,” he said.

“As for the rest of Arrium, both in Newcastle and nationally, there’s a big question mark.”

More than 8,000 jobs are at risk nationally, including nearly 3,000 in New South Wales and many of those in Newcastle.

Workers urged to stand tall

Newcastle’s steel sector was in mourning in 1999 when the BHP plant closed at Mayfield.

Ex-steelworker Aubrey Brooks, who represents a large group of former BHP steelworkers, said he understood the uncertainty.

“To lose steelmaking, it is really bad and it is bad for OneSteel here at Mayfield,” he said.

“The people at OneSteel they have been terrific to us; they even helped us build the memorial for the people that died on the main BHP site.

“You can imagine what is going through their minds.”

Mr Brooks said Arrium workers needed to stay positive, despite the devastating news.

“Well that is all you can do; stand tall, stand tall like the steelworkers of Newcastle did,” he said.

“Hold your heads up high and mate, a little prayer wouldn’t hurt either.”

He said it was a dark time for the nation’s steel sector.

“Mate, this is frightening, not only for Newcastle but it is frightening for Australia,” he said.

“I mean, I can’t even understand if the government lets this happen.

“This is really really bad. It is the worst news I’ve heard since 1999.”

By Giselle Wakatama and Penny Evans

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-08/former-newcastle-bhp-steelworkers-reach-out-to-arrium-employees/7309642

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NEWCASTLE Knights fans and supporters of Muswellbrook and Singleton’s hardworking miners are being encouraged to show their true colours and wear hi-vis to the Voice for Mining Family Day at Hunter Stadium this Sunday.

Miners and their families along with thousands more who work in mining-related businesses can join the team in wearing bright orange at Hunter Stadium where the Knights will play in their special high-vis replica miners jersey in support of the region’s miners and all the good things mining brings to the Hunter and the state.

The Voice for Mining Family Day will see the Knights take on the Wests Tigers – and will again be a fun and positive event for the Muswellbrook and Singleton communities to get involved in.

And, the first 4000 people to arrive at the stadium will receive a free commemorative NSW Mining hi-vis vest to wear on the day.

“The Knights and our miners are both integral to the Muswellbrook and Singleton communities, and with a federal election just around the corner, a big show of support for our miners is more important than ever,” NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said.

“A strong mining industry means a strong local economy and more jobs for local people and their families.

“So, let’s show our support for the Newcastle Knights and our local miners with an ocean of hi-vis at the Voice for Mining Family Day.”

The Hunter’s coal miners share a strong connection with the Knights, with many past players and relatives of current players working in the region’s mining industry.

“This partnership with NSW Mining is really important to us,” Newcastle Knights CEO Matt Gidley said.

“The mining industry is significant in the Hunter region, and rugby league is also really important to the people of the Hunter, so we think it’s a great fit.

“Miners and supporters of mining can wear orange and hi-vis workwear to the game to show everyone just how important mining is to the Hunter.”

The story Wear hi-vis at Voice for Mining Family Day first appeared on Muswellbrook Chronicle.

From http://www.huntervalleynews.net.au/story/3829041/wear-hi-vis-at-voice-for-mining-family-day/?cs=1457