Probus Club explore Newcastle coal and court facilities

Members took a tour of Port Waratah, seeing the large-scale machinery up close.

A VISIT to Kooragang Island’s Port Waratah coal loaders isn’t a regular activity for members of the Tomaree Ladies Probus Club, but one they found very informative.

The group met ex-mechanical engineer Trevor at the site, who now works as a tour guide for the company.

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Julie McAllister, Publicity Officer of the Tomaree Ladies Probus Club told News Of The Area, “Trevor was most informative, explaining in full detail the site’s history, the working/safety procedures and future planning while the coach slowly moved through the huge site to finally view the fully automated loading (of coal) onto the ships 365 days per year.

“Everyone marvelled at the ginormous enormity of the machinery, the lack of dust and spotless cleanliness in every area.”

The tour group moved on to have lunch at West Leagues Club Mayfield, and then visited the old Newcastle City Courthouse and jail, now known as The Lock-Up.

“A guided tour was taken to view the ghostly-looking dark cells and formidable exercise yard.

“The Lock-Up also featured rooms for local artists to display their work for sale.

“This grand trip was ably organised by the club’s Trips and Outings Officer Heather Wilson who, along with the Port Stephens Bus driver John, was warmly thanked for their care and attention throughout the day,” she said.

To find out more about the Tomaree Ladies Probus Club, call Julie on 4984 6508.


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