Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp MP has welcomed news that the Nationals are backing Mr Crakanthorp’s vision for a container terminal at the Port of Newcastle. The 2019 NSW Nationals Conference passed a motion urging the “removal of all obstacles facing the Newcastle Container Terminal Expansion Plans”.
A container terminal would help diversify the Port, opening it up to a range of business opportunities into the twenty-first century and supercharge the local economy.
Unfortunately, the O’Farrell-Baird-Berejiklian Government inserted secretive, anti-competitive clauses into the Port lease, preventing the opening of a container terminal.
This signals a change of heart from the National Party, who until now have supported their Coalition partners’ view. Mr Crakanthorp welcomes the opportunity to work with all sides of politics to deliver the best possible outcome for Newcastle.
Quotes attributable to Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp
“I’m pleased that after years of raising this issue with the Government and in the NSW Parliament, the Nationals have come on board with my vision to diversify the Port of Newcastle.”
“The Deputy Premier and Nationals must urgently implement the motion and remove the cap to allow the Port of Newcastle to diversify.”
“The only thing now standing in the way of this important development is the Liberal Party and the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian.”
“With Labor and Nationals on a unity ticket on this matter, I am hopeful we will be able to force the Liberals to remove anti-competitive restrictions on the port. This will lower cost for farmers and consumers and drive productivity and efficiency.”
“I’ll continue to fight for the diversification of the Port, which will supercharge our local economy and deliver jobs, and I’ll work with anyone who has Newcastle’s best interests at heart.”
“I welcome this change of heart from the Nationals. This is an endorsement of my vision of Newcastle as a vibrant, economically diverse city.”