Tinkler coal loader plans to go public

Nathan Tinkler says in 30 days he will lodge plans for his coal loaders at a former BHP Billiton in Mayfield.

While he outlined the timeline, Tinkler also passed veiled criticism of the current loader operators in Newcastle as well as the Newcastle Port Corporation itself, the Newcastle Herald has reported.

“We plan to lodge a preliminary environmental assessment of the project in the next 30 days in which our plans will be placed on public display for comment and assessment,” Tinkler announced.

The project has previously seen opposition from the former minister for the Hunter Jodi McKay, who stated that a container and coal terminal can not both be on the same site.

When the State government body Newcastle Port Corporation (NPC) originally put the plans forward for a multipurpose facility on site, it did not include either a coal loader or terminal for the shipment of coal.

Tinkler’s plan for the development of the site would include a coal loader, conveyor belt, two shipping berths as well as an upgraded rail system.

He also announced that he will be working closely with the local Mayfield community, stating that Port Waratah Coal Services and the Newcastle Infrastructure Group have only had “nothing more than token” efforts.

Tinkler went on to say that his company, Hunter Ports, is also aiming to reduce dust emissions and provide an alternative rail corridor to keep coal trains out of residential areas.

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