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Port Kembla Community Investment Fund

Published 28th September, 2017

The NSW Government has established the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund as an ongoing program linked to the long-term lease of Port Kembla.

The objective of the fund program is to activate, enhance and build community amenity in Port Kembla. The program is designed to achieve:

 • increased economic activity

• enhanced activation and connectivity of public infrastructure, precincts and community spaces

• improved environmental air, land and waterway quality.

 Projects funded under the fund must positively contribute to one or more of these desired outcomes. 

 Port Kembla is defined by the 2505 postcode boundaries shown in red.



Increased funding in 2018

Up to $4 million is available for Round Three of the fund. Applicants are invited to apply for project funding of at least $10,000 up to a maximum of $2 million (GST exclusive) for environmental, public infrastructure and precinct activation projects.

Funding can only be used for external third-party costs directly associated with delivering project activities. These cost estimates should be supported by at least one competitive quote. Any project co-funding must be confirmed in writing by the contributing organisation. 

Eligible project costs include:

 • design and planning consultancies

• construction, upgrade and repair works

• remediation, pollution control and clean up works

• project management fees (consideration may be given for internal management fees where

additional internal resources are required).

 Funding cannot be used for:

 • expenditure incurred prior to the announcement of successful Round Three projects

• activities already funded or budgeted through Wollongong City Council or a NSW Government agency

• projects that have exclusive private benefits

• costs already funded through another grant program including a previous Port Kembla Community Investment Fund round

• administrative overhead items, including office equipment

• mobile capital equipment such as motor vehicles, trucks and earthmoving equipment

• development application fees

• cost overruns in excess of the agreed cost allocations

• ongoing management and maintenance expenses

• organisational operating costs such as wages

that are unrelated to the project

• activities outside the scope of the fund program such as community services and events.

Round Three key dates

 • 12 September 2018 – applications open for a six-week period

• 17 September 2018 – information session at Port Kembla Leagues Club from 6pm

• 19 October 2018 – applications close at 5pm

• October/November 2018 – assessment and approval process

• December 2018 – successful applications announced

Who can apply?

 Applicants must:

 • be the confirmed land or asset owner, or have the owner’s written consent

• demonstrate ability for project management and delivery

• have adequate financial capacity to manage the cash flow requirements of the project

• have an ABN and be located in NSW

• be an incorporated association, cooperative, Local Aboriginal Land Council, local government authority, NSW State Government agency or a registered business

• have public liability insurance of at least $10 million in place.

 Individuals are not eligible to apply.

What projects are eligible for funding?

There are three categories of eligible project types:

Environmental – activities such as pollution control, site remediation and clean up works

Public Infrastructure – construction of new or refurbishment/upgrade of existing assets such as community halls, playgrounds, walking and cycle pathways, public pool upgrades, change room facilities, oval/court lighting and toilet blocks

Precinct Activation – capital works that improve the amenity of a defined precinct or community space such as murals, street furniture, interpretive signage and carparks.

 To be considered for funding, projects must:

 • deliver improved community amenity in Port Kembla

• be located within the suburb of Port Kembla as defined by the 2505 postcode boundaries

• seek funding of at least $10,000 up to a maximum of $2 million (GST exclusive)

• comply with state and local planning rules and regulations including zoning, permissible business uses, safety standards and environmental regulations

• have an approved development application if applicable

• be fully completed by 30 December 2020 and commence within six months of being announced

• demonstrate alignment with the Port Kembla 2505 Revitalisation Plan’s Vision, Strategies and Implementation Actions.

  Applicants can submit multiple applications for separate projects in each funding round.

Successful projects

Round two

In 2017, 11 projects received funding.

Project name ApplicantGrant amount (includes GST)
Anglican Church Port Kembla Parish Hall Upgrade – Stage 2 project Anglican Church of Australia Parish Council of Port Kembla $100,760
Port Kembla Wetlands Rehabilitation Project – Stage 1 Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers $31,100
Refurbishment of St Patrick's Parish Hall Project Catholic Parish of St Patrick's Port Kembla $134,278
Port Kembla Surplus Industrial Land Activation Project Department of Planning and Environment $100,000
Report on heavy metal contaminants from industrial activity in Port Kembla – Environmental project Environment Protection Authority $44,000
Dalfram Dispute Memorial Project Maritime Union of Australia  $108,000
Wonderwalls Port Kembla Project  Our Community Project Inc.  $109,482
Restoration and preservation of the Breakwater Battery Military Museum Project  Port Kembla Breakwater Battery Museum  $79,500
King George V Park Sporting Infrastructure Upgrades – Public Infrastructure Project  Port Kembla Cricket Association Incorporated  $73,276
King George V Park Oval #2 Lighting Project  Wollongong City Council  $321,500
Tourism Development Plan for Port Kembla Project Wollongong City of Innovation Ltd (Destination Wollongong)  $32,000
 TOTAL    $1,133,896

Round one

In 2016, 14 projects received funding. 

Project name ApplicantGrant amount (includes GST)
Allan Street precinct activation – Stage 1 Wollongong City Council $133,000
Big Island Little Penguin, Shearwater and Petrel Habitat Remediation NSW Office of Environment and Heritage $118,677
Five Islands Secondary College school hall upgrade Five Islands Secondary College $200,959

Hill 60: MM Beach Car Park Upgrade

Wollongong City Council $80,000

Hill 60 Gloucester Boulevarde Fitness Equipment

Wollongong City Council $30,000

Hill 60 Wayfinding Signage

Wollongong City Council $20,280

Hill 60 Tunnel Safety Access

Wollongong City Council $118,800
King George V Precinct Activation – Stage 1 Wollongong City Council $146,500
Ngaraba-aan Cultural Trail – Stage 1  lllawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council $388,393
Port Kembla 2505 Revitalisation Plan Wollongong City Council $290,000
Port Kembla Surf Club House Upgrade – Stage 1  Port Kembla Surf Lifesaving Club Inc. $15,839
Anglican Church Port Kembla Parish Hall Upgrade – Stage 1 Anglican Church of Australia Parish Council of Port Kembla $11,908 
Sustainable Port Kembla Upgrade Program – Stage 1 The lllawarra Housing Trust $312,881 
Port Kembla Town Centre Facade Program Wollongong City Council $330,000
TOTAL   $2,197,236
Published 28th September, 2017
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