Ecology & Environment

Over 250% offset – a legacy to be proud of

Each step of the Terminal 4 Project considers impacts on the environment. In fact, if Terminal 4 goes ahead we will establish offsets for the entire master plan.

This includes a 238 ha addition to the Hunter Wetlands National Park region at Tomago for shore birds, saltmarsh and other estuary wildlife.

We’re protecting 410 ha of land at Ellalong to preserve important wetland communities and linking surrounding national parks and reserves. This site was previously earmarked for subdivision and allows for connectivity with surrounding national parks and reserves.

At Brundee we’ve set aside 204 ha of land for Green and Golden Bell Frog habitats and wetlands. This will help create an important home in a native environment.

If approved, we’re looking forward to continuing our work with partners such as the University of Newcastle to ensure a positive legacy is established for our environment and the community.

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Let’s Talk Air Quality

Port Waratah is proud of our award winning dust management systems that create real time feedback and can automatically instigate water suppression sprays on key transfer points and stockyards.

This system will be extended throughout the Terminal 4 Project and will examine the type of coal we are handling, weather patterns, wind and humidity and then activate dust management systems across the site.

Other initiatives include; enclosing conveyors, transfer houses, train unloading stations where possible, and engineering the machines to reduce the drop height of coal onto the stockpiles.

Experts have undertaken complex modelling of Terminal 4, including cumulative impacts, and it is predicted that the surrounding suburbs will stay within government standards – including standards for health.

Our many innovations including enclosed conveyors, predictive monitoring and dust suppression sprays helps to keep air pollution below levels of concern.

Interesting fact: of the small air pollutants (PM2.5), coal dust makes up less than 9%. Automobiles cause three times as much air pollution in the same are. 

Sleep Easy with Noise Reduction

Port Waratah has a proud history of pioneering solutions to reduce impact on the communities around us. Over the years we have re-engineered machinery to continuously reduce noise such as installing low-noise idlers and gearboxes on our conveyor systems. Where noise from machinery cannot be reduced, we have created noise barriers and sound suppression within machinery and conveyors.

This and other technology will be continued at the Terminal 4 site.  The Project is predicted to comply with the NSW Industrial Noise Policy (EPA, 2000) in residential areas. When assessed cumulatively, it is expected to comply with current Kooragang Terminal compliance levels.

Continuously improving

Learn more about how we manage and monitor our impacts on the environment.