Port Kembla Community Investment Fund

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

Port Kembla


The NSW Government has established the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund to revitalise Port Kembla. 

Since 2016, the fund has supported significant improvements to Port Kembla, some of which 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.

The Port Kembla Community Investment Fund (PKCIF) - Round 5 has now closed 

The PKCIF is a competitive, merit-based program that financially supports projects that revitalise Port Kembla and surrounding areas for the benefit of the community through new infrastructure, upgrading of existing assets as well as encouraging visitors and tourism.

Applications have now closed and are yet to be announced. Successful projects will be published following formal announcement.

The objective of the fund is to revitalise Port Kembla through: 

  • enhanced activation and connectivity of public infrastructure, precincts and community spaces
  • increased business and economic activity
  • improved environmental air, land and waterway quality.

There is a total of $5 million available for Round 5: 

  • up to $2 million for community infrastructure projects
  • up to $2 million for business infrastructure projects
  • up to $1 million for environmental projects to help decarbonise industry with a focus on heavy transport mobility. 

Applicants were invited to apply for project funding of between $10,000 and $500,000 (GST exclusive).

There are three project streams:

  • Stream 1 - Community Infrastructure: construction of new or upgrades to existing community infrastructure that is used primarily for public benefit 
  • Stream 2 - Business Infrastructure: major capital expenditure on new equipment, facilities, utilities, road and rail access infrastructure 
  • Stream 3 - Environmental Infrastructure: activities that help decarbonise local industry with a focus on heavy transport mobility. 

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, Wollongong City Council, NSW State Government agency or be a registered business, partnership or sole trader 
  • have or be willing to purchase public liability insurance of at least $20 million. 

Eligible project area


Map of Port Kembla


Projects must be located within the Port Kembla suburb as defined by the 2505 postcode boundary to be eligible. 


For more information and eligibility criteria please view the program guidelines below. 

Program guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions

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

Successful projects

Round five - In 2022, 27 projects received funding

Download the full list of successful applicants (XLSX 25.84KB).

Project nameApplicantGrant amount (excludes GST)Status
Tender Funerals is Growing Stage 3Our Community Project$280,415.00Approved
Hill 60 Accessibility and Viewing Area UpgradesWollongong City Council$500,000.00Approved
Marine Rescue Port Kembla - All accessible Marine Rescue radio operators room.Marine Rescue NSW$70,784.00Approved
Sustainable Port Kembla Phase 3 - Save4GoodAll Sustainable Futures Inc$400,000.00Approved
King George V UpgradesPort Kembla Cricket Association$136,514.00Approved
Port Kembla Surf Club - Clubhouse Bathroom RefurbishmentsPort Kembla Surf Life Saving Club$252,912.00Approved
Wonderwalls Port Kembla 2023Port Kembla Chamber of Commerce and Industry Incorporated$198,800.00Approved
Jetty water supply upgradePort Kembla Gateway Pty Ltd$123,825.00Approved
Servo Film and Digital Media Projector and Container KitchenServo Food Truck Bar Pty Ltd$54,181.00Approved
Red Point Arts Community WorkshopRed Point Artists Association Incorporated$91,268.00Approved
DCL Engineering -Install a new environmentally friendly spray boothDCL Engineering Pty Ltd$102,625.00Approved
Using Advanced IT Infrastructure to Demonstrate & Promote Port Kembla’s FutureAustralia's Industry World Ltd$115,151.00Approved
Development of flood debris sensors, data capture and pilot programAvcon Projects Australasia Pty Ltd$45,656.00Approved
Port Kembla Community Skate SpacePort Kembla Chamber of Commerce and Industry$500,000.00Approved
The WentworthThe Trustee for 96 Wentworth Street Unit Trust & Wentworth Properties (NSW) Pty Ltd. $41,289.00Approved
Development of consumer-facing content for new public initiativesDestination Wollongong$43,036.00Approved
Port Kembla Surf Club - Kitchen and Adjacent Disability Toilet UpgradePort Kembla Surf Life Saving Club$267,846.00Approved
Rolling Machine PurchaseSnare Fabrications Pty Ltd$67,925.00Approved
Keeping Culture Alive - Hall UpgradeCoomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation$169,466.00Approved
Advanced Manufacturing InitiativeQE INNOVATIONS PTY LTD$500,000.00Approved
Big Island Little Penguin, Shearwater and Petrel Habitat RemediationIllawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council$131,820.00Approved
Environmental Infrastructure Hybrid Diesel Hydrogen ProjectWarrigal Charters$10,000.00Approved
Upgrade to King George V - Field 2Port Kembla Pumas Soccer Club$385,610.00Approved
Yesterday Stories - Port KemblaYesterday Stories pty ltd$74,000.00Approved
Bagging Station Major UpgradeVesuvius Australia Pty Ltd$300,000.00Approved
SnackEzy Sustainable Food Security ProjectSnackEzy Family Trust$26,605.00Approved
PESPK – Infrastructure Development 2022Pipe & Engineering Supply Co Pty Ltd$99,614.00Approved
Round four - In 2020, 14 projects received funding.
Project name ApplicantGrant amount (excludes GST)Status
Breakwater Battery Military Museum upgrade stage two projectWollongong Heritage Collections Inc.$133,812 Approved
Cleaver and Co food manufacturing upgrade projectCleaver and Co Craft Butchery Pty Ltd$16,301Approved
Coregas hydrogen refuelling station projectCoregas Pty Ltd$500,000 Approved
Darcy Wentworth Park Oval grandstand seating projectPort Kembla Junior Football Club Inc.$16,245Approved
Fishermans Beach access upgrade projectWollongong City Council$117,000Approved
Inside Industry Visitors Centre upgrade stage twoAustralia’s Industry World Ltd$94,606Approved
Kully Bay Oval lighting upgrade projectPort Kembla Australian Football Club Inc.   $22,500Approved
Port Kembla Aboriginal Dot Art Mural ProjectIllawarra Wingecarribee Alliance Aboriginal Corporation$25,000  Approved 
Port Kembla Gateway rail infrastructure upgrade projectPort Kembla Gateway Pty Ltd$100,000Did not proceed
Port Kembla Marine Services Hub projectAvcon Projects Australasia Pty Ltd$260,324 Approved
Port Kembla Surf Lifesaving Clubhouse upgrade stage two projectPort Kembla Surf Life Saving Club Inc.$93,850  Approved
Port Kembla Pool amenities upgrade projectWollongong City Council$30,000Approved
Tender Funerals expansion projectOur Community Project$347,050 Approved
Wetherall Park lighting upgrade projectPort Kembla Soccer Club Inc.$200,000 Approved
Wonderwalls Port Kembla 2021 projectBeyond Empathy Ltd$155,250 Approved


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

Port Kembla Public School Grounds Upgrade Project

Port Kembla Public School$333,020Completed

Grandstand Seating at King George Oval N.2

Port Kembla Pumas Amateur Soccer Club$63,095Completed

Port Kembla Surf Club House Upgrade stage 2

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


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

Hill 60: MM Beach Car Park Upgrade

Wollongong City Council$72,727Completed

Hill 60 Gloucester Boulevarde Fitness Equipment

Wollongong City Council$27,273Completed

Hill 60 Wayfinding Signage

Wollongong City Council$18,436Completed

Hill 60 Tunnel Safety Access

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