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Future development in the Port of Newcastle will be discussed at two separate forums tonight, including Nathan Tinkler's multi-billion dollar coal loader proposal.
Billionaire mining magnate, Nathan Tinkler's Hunter Ports Group is proposing a fifth coal loader on the former BHP steelworks and Managing Director Steve van Barneveld says a public information session's being held tonight.
"We're talking with the public early in the process to ensure that we hear what they like about our concept but also making sure that we very clearly understand any concerns," he said.
PWCS which is proposing its own fourth coal loader has questioned the viability of a fifth loader.
The Hunter Ports proposal includes several sweeteners, including a new rail line to take coal trains out of Mayfield.
Mr van Barneveld says he is confident the Tinkler proposal will eventually get the green light.
"We're dealing with a location here where there have been a number of ideas for the future.
"This is a great opportunity for a commercial venture that supports true transformation of both the precinct and also life for local residents.
"We think on its merits this proposal needs some very serious consideration."
Newcastle Councillor Michael Osborne says the information session coincides with a planning forum organised by the Greens.
"Many in the community are concerned about what's happening in the Port of Newcastle and there isn't a forum that brings together all the concerns of the community and that's what the forum is tonight," he said.
"We need to get the planning and the implementation right for the Port of Newcastle and that needs to involve the local community.
"It is important that the Government isn't just responding to industry pressures."
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