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CONTAINER CLEAN-UP LATEST – AT LEAST 80% REMOVED

Authorities believe they’re winning the battle against debris from a container spill off Newcastle – estimating at least 80% has been cleared.

RMS Executive Director Angus Mitchell says the rubbish came from up to 14 containers.

Most of the 83 lost are thought to be on the seabed.

“Once we’ve mapped where they are, well then we’ve got some questions to answer as to what next, and whether salvage is feasible and possible in the instances.”

Around 1/3 of debris cleared is being kept at a facility in Newcastle.

There’s no clear timeframe for what’s now a mopping-up operation.

“It has certainly been a big clean-up operation and as I said, it could go on for some time yet.”

“What we don’t see in NSW is so many being lost so close to the shoreline, which makes this quite a unique for us.”

Community information sessions will be held on Wednesday and Thursday. Details are below:

  • Fisheries only briefing 4.00pm, Wednesday June 13. West Diggers Club, Nelson Bay.
  • Community briefing 6.00pm, Wednesday June 13. West Diggers Club, Nelson Bay.
  • Community briefing 10.00am, Thursday June 14. Tea Gardens Baptist Church, Tea Gardens.
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Samantha Long is a reporter, producer and web producer for NBN News in Newcastle, she's previously worked in Tamworth and on the Central Coast. Samantha completed a Bachelor of Communication from the University of Newcastle in 2015 and joined NBN at the end of 2015.

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