The Port of Newcastle
The Port of Newcastle is the economic and trade centre for the resource rich Hunter Valley and for much of the north and northwest of NSW.
The Port of Newcastle is managed by Newcastle Port Corporation, which encourages growth in new trade, whilst at the same time maintaining the growth in existing trades. Several projects at varying stages will further diversify the ports use, and steadily increase the number and types of ships entering the port.
Considerable planning is being undertaken now, to prepare the port, its pilots and facilities, to handle the increased traffic and variety in shipping.
Australia is the world's largest exporter of coal and Newcastle is one of the world's largest coal export ports. Other bulk cargoes include grains, vegetable oils, alumina, fertiliser and ore concentrates.
In the past decade there have been promising developments in general cargo trades, particularly products such as aluminium, steel and machinery.
The Port receives cargoes for regional industries such as raw materials for the aluminium industry and heavy equipment for the mining industry.
To the future
The Newcastle Port Corporation is encouraging the development of the former steelmaking site at Mayfield.The brownfield site left after BHP Steelmakings exit from Newcastle in 1999 is the perfect site for a port development. The site is flat, with deep water access and existing rail and road infrastructure, and has 100 hectares of backup land that may be used for complementary development.