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 - open from 1 July 

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.

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 are 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. 
 

Key dates 

The following key dates apply for Round 5: 

  • 1 July 2022  -  applications opened
  • 14 September 2022  -  applications closed at 5pm 
  • September - October 2022  -  assessment and approval process 
  • From November 2022  -  successful applications announced 

How to apply

Potential applicants must register their interest in the fund by sending an e-mail to Regional.IllawarraShoalhaven@regional.nsw.gov.au

The Department of Regional NSW will then contact you to discuss eligibility of both your organisation and proposed project. This initial assessment stage is mandatory

Resources

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 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

Total

 $2,111,938 
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

Total

 $2,903,057 
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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