Port Kembla Community Investment Fund

The NSW Government has established the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund to activate, enhance and build community amenity in Port Kembla.

Port Kembla

About the Fund

The Port Kembla Community Investment Fund is a competitive, merit-based program that financially supports projects that revitalise Port Kembla and surrounding areas for the benefit of the community. 

Port Kembla has been a key economic driver for the region since the 1890s. It remains a major employer in the Illawarra. 

To support the continued revitalisation of Port Kembla, the Fund receives an annual allocation of $1 million each year to fund projects that continually improve the value this vital asset delivers to the region.

Funding is provided to deliver projects that benefit the community of Port Kembla through brand new infrastructure, revitalisation of existing assets as well as encouraging visitors and tourism.

Since 2016, the fund has supported significant improvements to Port Kembla. Some of the projects funded in previous rounds include:

  • new equipment at the Allan Street playground, which is enjoyed by residents and visitors
  • the Big Island remediation project, which restored native vegetation and rehabilitated the nesting habitat for little penguins, shearwaters and petrels
  • the enhancement of King George V Oval with new grandstand seating, cricket nets and lighting
  • the Wonderwalls street art project to attract visitors to the area.

Eligible applicants could apply for funding from $10,000 up to $500,000 (exclusive of GST) for environmental, business and public infrastructure projects.

At present no decision has been made on round five.
 

Get in touch with us: 

Regional Development Branch – Illawarra-Shoalhaven
Department of Regional NSW 
P: 1300 679 673
E: Regional.IllawarraShoalhaven@regional.nsw.gov.au
W: nsw.gov.au/pkcif

Eligible project area

 

Map of Port Kembla

 

Eligible projects must be primarily located in the 2505 postcode. Consideration will be given to projects immediately adjacent to the 2505 postcode boundary (Primbee, Spring Hill, Warrawong, Cringila, Unanderra and Coniston) if they clearly demonstrate benefits to the Port Kembla community.

Successful projects

Round four - In 2020, 14 Projects received funding.
Project name  Applicant Grant amount (excludes GST) Status
Breakwater Battery Military Museum upgrade stage two project Wollongong Heritage Collections Inc. $133,812  Approved
Cleaver and Co food manufacturing upgrade project Cleaver and Co Craft Butchery Pty Ltd $16,301 Approved
Coregas hydrogen refuelling station project Coregas Pty Ltd $500,000  Approved
Darcy Wentworth Park Oval grandstand seating project Port Kembla Junior Football Club Inc. $16,245 Approved
Fishermans Beach access upgrade project Wollongong City Council $117,000 Approved
Inside Industry Visitors Centre upgrade stage two Australia’s Industry World Ltd $94,606 Approved
Kully Bay Oval lighting upgrade project Port Kembla Australian Football Club Inc.    $22,500 Approved
Port Kembla Aboriginal Dot Art Mural Project Illawarra Wingecarribee Alliance Aboriginal Corporation $25,000   Approved 
Port Kembla Gateway rail infrastructure upgrade project Port Kembla Gateway Pty Ltd $100,000 Did not proceed
Port Kembla Marine Services Hub project Avcon Projects Australasia Pty Ltd $260,324  Approved
Port Kembla Surf Lifesaving Clubhouse upgrade stage two project Port Kembla Surf Life Saving Club Inc. $93,850   Approved
Port Kembla Pool amenities upgrade project Wollongong City Council $30,000 Approved
Tender Funerals expansion project Our Community Project $347,050  Approved
Wetherall Park lighting upgrade project Port Kembla Soccer Club Inc. $200,000  Approved
Wonderwalls Port Kembla 2021 project Beyond Empathy Ltd $155,250  Approved

Total

  $2,111,938  
Round three - In 2018, 17 projects received funding.
Project name  Applicant Grant amount (excludes GST) Status
Sustainable Port Kembla Stage 2 All Sustainable Futures Inc $700,000 Completed
Anglican Church Hall Upgrade - Stage 3 Anglican Church of Australia Parish Council of Port Kembla $148,397 Completed
Inside Industry Visitor Centre Kitchen Upgrade Project Australia's Industry World $113,385 Completed
Port Kembla Wetlands Rehabilitation Stage 2 Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers $47,667 Withdrawn
Port Kembla Community Campus Masterplan Flagstaff Group $84,785 Completed
Marine Rescue Tower Upgrade Project Marine Rescue NSW $164,080 Completed
Museum of Human Migration to the Illawarra Stage 1 Project Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra Incorporated. $49,350 Completed
Playground Upgrade Project Port Kembla Baptist Church $14,960 Completed 
Planning and construction of retractable three lane cricket practice nets at King George Oval No 1 Port Kembla Cricket Association Incorporated $95,095 Completed
Port Kembla Gateway Environmental Project Port Kembla Gateway Pty Ltd $155,000 Completed

Port Kembla Public School Grounds Upgrade Project

Port Kembla Public School $333,020 Completed

Grandstand Seating at King George Oval N.2

Port Kembla Pumas Amateur Soccer Club $63,095 Completed

Port Kembla Surf Club House Upgrade stage 2

Port Kembla Surf Lifesaving Club Inc $155,000 Completed
The Foundry Community Space Upgrade Project Salvation Army $88,925 Completed
Refurbishment of St Patrick's Parish Hall - Stage 2 Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Diocese of Wollongong $150,298 Completed
Allan Street Car Park Upgrade Wollongong City Council $140,000 Completed
Grand Pacific Walk Observation Deck Wollongong City Council $400,000 Completed

Total

  $2,903,057  
Round two - In 2017, 11 projects received funding.
Project name  Applicant Grant amount (excludes GST) Status
Anglican Church Port Kembla Parish Hall Upgrade – Stage 2 project Anglican Church of Australia Parish Council of Port Kembla $91,600 Completed
Port Kembla Wetlands Rehabilitation Project – Stage 1 Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers $28,273 Completed
Refurbishment of St Patrick's Parish Hall Project Catholic Parish of St Patrick's Port Kembla $122,071 Completed
Port Kembla Surplus Industrial Land Activation Project Department of Planning and Environment $90,909 Completed
Report on heavy metal contaminants from industrial activity in Port Kembla – Environmental project Environment Protection Authority $40,000 Completed
Dalfram Dispute Memorial Project Maritime Union of Australia  $98,182 Completed
Wonderwalls Port Kembla Project  Our Community Project Inc.  $99,529 Completed
Restoration and preservation of the Breakwater Battery Military Museum Project  Port Kembla Breakwater Battery Museum  $72,273 Completed
King George V Park Sporting Infrastructure Upgrades – Public Infrastructure Project  Port Kembla Cricket Association Incorporated  $66,615 Completed
King George V Park Oval #2 Lighting Project  Wollongong City Council  $292,272 Completed
Tourism Development Plan for Port Kembla Project Wollongong City of Innovation Ltd (Destination Wollongong)  $29,091 Completed 
 Total    $1,030,815
 
 
Round one - In 2016, 14 Projects received funding.
Project name  Applicant Grant amount (excludes GST) Status
Allan Street precinct activation – Stage 1 Wollongong City Council $120,910 Completed
Big Island Little Penguin, Shearwater and Petrel Habitat Remediation NSW Office of Environment and Heritage $107,888 Completed
Five Islands Secondary College school hall upgrade Five Islands Secondary College $182,690 Completed

Hill 60: MM Beach Car Park Upgrade

Wollongong City Council $72,727 Completed

Hill 60 Gloucester Boulevarde Fitness Equipment

Wollongong City Council $27,273 Completed

Hill 60 Wayfinding Signage

Wollongong City Council $18,436 Completed

Hill 60 Tunnel Safety Access

Wollongong City Council $108,000 Completed
King George V Precinct Activation – Stage 1 Wollongong City Council $133,182 Completed
Ngaraba-aan Cultural Trail – Stage 1 lllawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council $353,084 Completed
Port Kembla 2505 Revitalisation Plan Wollongong City Council $263,636 Completed
Port Kembla Surf Club House Upgrade – Stage 1 Port Kembla Surf Lifesaving Club Inc. $14,399 Completed
Anglican Church Port Kembla Parish Hall Upgrade – Stage 1 Anglican Church of Australia Parish Council of Port Kembla $10,825 Completed
Sustainable Port Kembla Upgrade Program – Stage 1 The lllawarra Housing Trust $284,437 Completed
Port Kembla Town Centre Facade Program Wollongong City Council $300,000 Completed
Total   $1,997,487  
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