Newcastle Community Consultative Committee on the Environment

The Newcastle Community Consultative Committee on the Environment was established by the Minister for the Environment in 2011. The Committee’s role is to advise the Minister for the Environment, the EPA and other relevant NSW Government agencies on matters of environmental concern in the Newcastle local government area.

The Committee enables people living in the Newcastle local government area to identify important environmental and amenity issues associated with nearby industrial activities. It also helps local industry understand the community's concerns.

The Committee membership represents a broad range of views to ensure a balanced approach and open and honest dialogue between members of industry, local government and community that will influence positive environmental outcomes for Newcastle. 

Committee Members

The committee represents the interests of community, industry and the environment.  


John Tate

John Tate
Mr Tate is the proprietor of a local automotive industry company and has extensive experience in small business. John served as a Councillor for the City of Newcastle from 1980 and was popularly elected as Lord Mayor of Newcastle in 1999, to his retirement in 2012. John served as Chair of the Hunter Economic Development Corporation, and as the Deputy Chair of Regional Development Australia - Hunter. He has been a Director of the Regional Land Management Corporation, the Newcastle Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Honeysuckle Development Corporation and Hunter Development Corporation.

Community representatives 

Keith Craig

Keith Craig
Mr Craig has a degree in Chemical Engineering and Master of Environmental Science and works in the water industry. He has represented the local community on various committees and industry community reference groups, such as the  Stockton Community Action Group, for many years. He received the 2014 Newcastle Volunteer Service Award for his contribution to the Newcastle Community. He was an original member of the NCCCE when it was first formed in 2011. He is passionate about the environment, the need for continued improvement and for effective communication on environmental issues and performance with the community from the regulators and industry.

Christopher Tola

Chris Tola
Chris is community focused, having held a range of positions in a diversity of organisations, with the highlight of this involvement so far being National Chair for Surfrider Foundation Australia, being the Community Representative on the Nuclear Safety Committee with the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, along with being a founding member of National Surfing Reserves, Take 3 and the Australian Coastal Society. Chris maintains networks across a broad range of sectors and uses these networks to receive and distribute information. 

Ministers Community representative

Rick Banyard

Rick Banyard
Mr Banyard has a background in agriculture, mechanics and as a teacher of technical education. Rick is a long-term resident of Newcastle and the Hunter and has a long term association with action on environmental issues including air quality and water quality management. Rick is an active member of a wide variety of Newcastle organisations and is recognised for his research skills.

Environment representative 

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Steven Crick 
Steve has qualifications in science and environmental management and over 20 years’ experience working as an environmental scientist. He has extensive experience working with and within community groups around Newcastle and across NSW. Steve has been a committee member of the Hunter Environmental Institute since 2014 and from 2015-19 held the position of chair.

Industry representatives 

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Nathan Robinson
Mr Robinson has 25 years’ experience across the Steel, Aviation and Chemical Manufacturing sectors in environmental, risk and safety management.  He has a broad knowledge of environmental matters relating to water quality, air quality, air emissions, waste management, noise management, remediation and environmental management systems. He believes that engagement between industry, EPA and the community is essential to ensure that there is shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities to improve the environmental performance of industry.

Trudie Larnach

Trudie Larnach
Ms Larnach is the Sustainability an d Corporate Affairs Manager at Port Waratah Coal Services. She leads a dedicated team responsible for Port Waratah’s sustainability strategy, including community, government and stakeholder communication and engagement, the community investment programme, and all aspects of environmental management.  She is looking forward to again being an Industry representative on this committee as it provides an avenue for key stakeholder groups to come together and have an open dialogue about matters concerning the environment across the Newcastle Local Government Area.

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Leah Cook
Ms Cook is the Principal Advisor Environment & Community with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC). ARTC is responsible for selling access to train operators and coal customers, capital investment and maintenance across the network. Ms Cook has a strong understanding of the environmental legislative framework and practical experience implementing environmental mitigation measures. She also has demonstrated capacity to engage with community to resolve their concerns and appreciates the inter-relationship of industry in the broader Newcastle and Hunter regions.

Newcastle City Council representative 

Kristy Anderson
Ms Anderson is a Senior Strategist, Environment at the City of Newcastle. She has over 15 years’ experience in environmental planning and has been an Environmental Strategist with the City of Newcastle for the past 12 years. 

Terms of reference

The EPA has prepared terms of reference to support and guide the Newcastle Community Consultative Committee on the Environment.


Current monitoring results

For current monitoring results, go to the map of the Newcastle Air Quality Monitoring Network.

Air quality seasonal newsletters

For air quality seasonal newsletters, go to Newcastle monitoring reports.



The report ‘Lower Hunter Ambient Air Quality – Review of Available Data’ has been amended. The report dated April 2012 is repealed. The current version of the report is dated June 2012. Amendments in the current report are
  • Page 24 Table 4.13. Data in all columns apart from 'Year' and 'Number of Days Above NEPM Level' replaced with correct data.
  • Page 25 Table 4.14. Data in 'Percent Data Coverage' column replaced with correct data.
  • Page 82 Space added in text between 'able 5.32' and 'and'.
  • Page 83 Figure 5.35. Replaced with corrected figure.
  • Page 83 Figure 5.36. Replaced with corrected figure.
  • Page 84 Table 5.32. Data in '1st Highest' and '2nd Highest' and 'Number of Days Above NEPM Level' columns replaced with correct data.
  • Page 84 Table 5.33. Data in 'Concentration (ppm)' column replaced with correct data.
  • Page 102 Table 6.1. Row: 'nitrogen dioxide', Column: 'Neighbourhood (Other)' – cell colour changed from orange to green. Column: 'Comments': - deleted reference to levels exceeding criteria on occasion
  • Page 105 Figure 6.3. Replaced map with corrected map (point 16 colour change from orange to green).
  • Page 112 Table 6.3. Row '16' Column 'NOx' – cell colour changed from orange to green

The EPA consulted with the Newcastle Community Consultative Committee on the Environment on the design and management of the Lower Hunter air quality studies.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is the Australian Government agency responsible for implementing the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). MARPOL contains six annexes, of which, Annex VI regulates air pollution from ships to protect the marine environment and human health. This includes greenhouse gases (GHG) and sulfur oxide emissions. 

Sulphur oxide emissions

Under MARPOL, since 1 January 2012 ships globally have been required to use a maximum of 3.50 % m/m (mass by mass) sulfur in fuel oil. On 1 January 2020 this global limit will be reduced to 0.50 %. This change will significantly reduce the amount of sulfur oxide (SOx) being emitted from ships and is expected to have major environmental and health benefits, particularly for populations living close to ports and coasts.

Marine diesel oil and petrol sulfur content is generally below this limit and the changed limit will most directly affect larger vessels that use intermediate or heavy fuel oil.

During the transition to the 0.50 % limit, AMSA is working closely with stakeholders to ensure that Australian ships, ports, refineries and fuel suppliers are ready for this change. More information on the new requirement, including how to be involved in the ongoing stakeholder consultation, can be found on the AMSA website.

More information is available on cruise ship compliance in Sydney Harbour.

Community feedback

If you have any comments or feedback on the Newcastle Community Consultative Committee on the Environment email

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