Giant Wickham apartment plan rejected over fuel tank explosion fears

Michael Parris
By Michael Parris
Updated March 23 2021 - 12:34pm, first published December 11 2020 - 6:00pm
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT: A fuel storage tank beside one of the Wickham wool-store buildings. Picture: Marina Neil

Planning authorities have knocked back one of the biggest apartment projects ever proposed for Newcastle over fears neighbouring fuel storage tanks could explode.

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Michael Parris

Michael Parris

Journalist

Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his stories about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has covered NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.