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More than 500 community members, businesses and suppliers have visited the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group today to get a behind the scenes look at the Kooragang Island facility.

Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Johansen said Newcastle Coal was excited to host the inaugural event, welcoming visitors to the site.

“The open day is an opportunity to show interested members of the community through the facility and have a closer look at what we do.

“It is also a chance for employees to share their work with family and friends.

“The drop-in event was aimed at giving a behind the scenes look at the facility,” Mr Johansen said.

The event, held between 10am and 2pm on Sunday 30 April 2017, was to give the Hunter community a look at the world leading export terminal.

Visitors were taken on a bus tour around the site, including the wharf, dump station and stockyard.

They could also visit one of the information stalls and interactive displays, with staff on hand to answer questions about the operations, health and safety, environment and community. A mock control room was set up for people to see a ship being loaded.

There were also fun activities to keep young and young at heart entertained during the day.

A big thank you to all who volunteered on the day, including the Mission to Seafarers who cooked 1000 sausages on the barbeque. Mission to Seafarers is an important volunteer organisation who look after the welfare of 40,000 people working on ships that enter the Port of Newcastle annually.

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