Mayfield Concept Plan

Mayfield Concept Plan

The Mayfield Development Site is a 90 hectare parcel of port-side land, located within the 152 hectare Mayfield Precinct. Part of the former BHP Steelworks site, the Mayfield Development Site has been extensively remediated and now represents the largest vacant port land site on the eastern seaboard of Australia.

Together with the direct water frontage and potential for deep water berthing, it represents a significant opportunity for growth within the Port of Newcastle.

Port of Newcastle is seeking to develop the Mayfield Development Site for port related activities in order to accommodate a diverse range of cargo handling infrastructure and the promotion of trade. The site will initially be developed for bulk liquids. A multi-purpose cargo facility focused around bulk materials and general cargo has been identified as a future opportunity.

The Mayfield Site Port Related Activities Concept Plan (Mayfield Concept Plan) was approved by the NSW Department for Planning and Infrastructure as a Concept approval under section 75O of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

The Concept Plan establishes the broad parameters and environmental performance criteria to assess and develop future projects. It also provides a level of certainty for regulators and the local community that the site will be developed in a consistent and environmentally responsible manner.

The Concept Plan approval does not permit the construction or operation of any project. Future projects within the Concept Plan area are subject to separate approval(s) under the Act.

The proponent for the Mayfield Concept Plan was Newcastle Port Corporation until the commencement of the long-term lease of the Port of Newcastle. From 31 May 2014, Port of Newcastle is the proponent.

Port of Newcastle is seeking to develop the site for port-related activities to accommodate a diverse range of cargo handling infrastructure and the promotion of trade, in accordance with the objectives of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Three Ports) 2013.

The western portion of the site will initially be developed for bulk liquids. The timing of further development will depend on the commercial needs of port users.

How can I keep up to date on with news about the site?
  • View the environmental monitoring information published on Port of Newcastle’s website
  • Join an email list to receive a quarterly email update
  • Minutes from the Port of Newcastle Community Liaison Group provide updates on the port’s operation
    and development
Mayfield Concept Plan Quarterly Updates

There are currently two facilities operating under the Mayfield Concept Approval:

  • SSD_7065 Stolthaven Bulk Fuel Terminal; and
  • DA 8137 Mayfield Cargo Storage Facility

As the proponent of the Mayfield Concept Plan Approval, Port of Newcastle publishes monitoring data on environmental performance.

Ambient air quality and wind data is currently monitored via the NSW EPA Lower Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network.

The parameters monitored within the network are a basic set of fine particulates, combustion gases and wind speed and direction.

This set of parameters is able to provide a qualitative assessment of the impact on local air quality from the current activities within the Mayfield Concept Plan area until such time that future operations in the Mayfield Concept Plan area trigger the need for a higher level of monitoring.

Traffic Monitoring data is provided by individual tenants operating under the Concept Plan Approval to Port of Newcastle on a bi-monthly basis.

Port of Newcastle will regularly review Traffic Monitoring data. Port of Newcastle will prepare a Transport Infrastructure Strategy in consultation with agencies to help inform their planning of road and rail service provision and infrastructure upgrades.

Operators are required to complete all statutory reporting requirements applicable to their operations within the time periods as specified within their consent and/or license conditions.

Port of Newcastle publishes an annual site-wide noise verification report.

Cumulative impacts of facilities operating under the Mayfield Concept Approval are assessed against total site criteria.  Links to the cumulative assessment outcomes are provided above. Please refer to:

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