Land use and biodiversity
Port Waratah operates within areas of rich industrial history, and adjacent to areas of important natural environments.
Operating adjacent to the RAMSAR-listed Kooragang Nature Reserve and Hunter Wetlands National Park, with terminals in areas of rich industrial history, Port Waratah’s management approach is to minimise our impact on the surrounding environment while recognising and enhancing biodiversity values.
Our commitment to ecological sustainability
We conduct regular Environmental Assessments to update our management plans and document the biodiversity values within and surrounding our own site boundary. Our Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) outlines general land management practices including weed, pest and erosion control, landscaping, and wildlife management. The BMP is a significant internal tool employed to manage day-to-day biodiversity activity and operations.
In addition, we have developed a Land Use Strategy that aims to improve land use efficiency for operational activities and recognise and enhance the ecological diversity inside and surrounding our operations.
Outside our areas of operation, however still within the boundaries of our Kooragang Terminal is 1.05ha of Coastal Saltmarsh – a recognised Endangered Ecological Community (EEC). Port Waratah values the importance of maintaining and enhancing our ecological areas and have clearly demarked the area, implemented a weed management program and created an education package to ensure it remains protected.
Find out more about the ecological offsets for the Terminal 4 Project at Tomago, Ellalong and Brundee.