Home' Maritime Festival : October 2009 Contents THE HERALD Wednesday, October 7, 2009
National Maritime Festival
A Herald advertising feature
Honeysuckle is a unique destination that reflects a new and thriving Newcastle. It's a perfect fusion of
work, life and play along our fantastic waterfront playground.
The Lee Wharf buildings have transformed the area into a thriving neighbourhood of restaurants, cafes
and bars and these are complemented by the Maritime Centre, a gymnasium, retail and beautifully
restored heritage buildings.
The extensive offering of public spaces will soon be opened even further with Worth Place Park, set to
incorporate a great new public art playground designed by Zenscapes and Milne Stonehouse Artists. The
park will offer an outstanding 10,000m2 of public space for the whole community to enjoy once completed.
If you haven't visited lately, you should stop into Honeysuckle and experience harbour life as it's meant to be.
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FLYPAST: An F/A-18 Hornet.
THE heart of Newcastle
will come to a standstill on
Sunday as more than 200
Royal Australian Air Force
personnel are officially
welcomed home from Afgh-
An F/A-18 Hornet from
RAAF Base Williamtown
will conduct a flypast over
Newcastle Foreshore about
11am as part of the parade.
Outside Customs House
there will be a static dis-
play of the TPS-77 radar
which was used in Afghan-
The Royal Australian Air
Force Band will also per-
The parade will take
place through Newcastle's
CBD and will end outside
the Customs House at
After two years, person-
nel from 41 Wing have
completed their mission at
the Control and Reporting
in support of
sion, and have
trol back to
the United States.
41 Wing personnel will
have the honour of leading
the Mattara Maritime
Over the two years, about
400 Australian personnel
deployed as part of the unit.
They were predominan-
tly drawn from 41 Wing and
subordinate units, includ-
ing the Williamtown-based
3 Control and Reporting
Unit and Surveillance and
Control Training Unit,
Darwin-based 114 Mobile
and Control Reporting Unit
and the Edinburgh-based 1
Radar Surveillance Unit.
The recent Afghanistan
deployment represents a
significant and historic
milestone for 41 Wing.
The last time a 41 Wing
unit deployed overseas was
in 1958 when 114MCRU was
sent to Butterworth in
Malaysia, during the Indon-
Free tour of port's 210 years
NEWCASTLE Port Corporation is to
celebrate the city's 210th anniversary as
Australia's first commercial port by
holding free tours of the port during this
year's National Maritime Festival.
CEO Gary Webb said the port had a
long and proud tradition and that the
2009 National Maritime Festival was an
appropriate occasion to celebrate the
''The first commercial commodity
exported from the port -- and from
Australia -- was 50 tonnes of coal aboard
the barque The Hunter, which sailed to
Bengal in India in 1799,'' Mr Webb said.
''We have seen many wind, steam and
diesel powered vessels enter and leave
the port in the past 210 years to where we
are now registering nearly 3500 ship
movements each year.
''Newcastle Port Corporation is very
proud of the port and we want the
community to share our enthusiasm by
joining us on one of the free tours of the
Newcastle Port Corporation is a major
sponsor of the National Maritime Festi-
val being held on Sunday to raise
awareness of the new Newcastle Mari-
Mr Webb said the National Maritime
Festival highlighted local shipping and
maritime heritage and the popular
Fantasea Crystal tours would allow peo-
ple see the port at work, as well as some
of its latest infrastructure developments.
''Depending on other attractions on
the harbour the Fantasea Crystal will be
cruising up the main shipping channel to
see the latest developments at the
former BHP Steelworks site and also on
''There is also the possibility of visiting
other port locations such as the Basin
shipping area, the floating dock and
sailing past two visiting vessels in HMAS
Parramatta and the tall ship James
Tours around the harbour will be held
on the 22-seat catamaran Fantasea Crys-
tal, leaving every hour between 9am and
4pm from Queens Wharf.
Full festival details are available at
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