Funding open for new port projects

NSW Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, encouraged local groups to apply for funding for new community infrastructure projects around the Port of Newcastle.

Mr Roberts said the Newcastle Port Community Contribution grant program was now open for applications for projects valued between $10,000 and $500,000, with $1.173 million available in this round.

“Administered by the Hunter Development Corporation, the program makes at least $1 million each year available under the terms of the long term lease of the Port of Newcastle,” Mr Roberts said.

“This program is an important way of ensuring community facilities are improved as the Port of Newcastle grows. The Port has been a big part of the Hunter’s growth over the years and has contributed to the Hunter being the largest regional economy in Australia.

“It is a key gateway to the Hunter region, an economic engine room and a focal point for community recreation.

“This program has already funded some fantastic projects around the port which will significantly enhance community amenity, preserve heritage and also boost activation and tourism.”

Projects funded in the last round included:

  • $500,000 for the historic Carrington Hydraulic Engine House;
  • $500,000 for Stage 2 of the Nobbys Lighthouse redevelopment;
  • $170,000 to the historic steamship William the Fourth;
  • $50,000 for the 2017 Winter Heat Festival; and
  • $45,000 to the Carrington Community Council for construction of new cricket nets.


Groups eligible to apply for funding include community groups, not-for-profits, local councils, state government agencies, or other organisations that own, manage or occupy land subject to a lease or license within the designated area around the Port.

The designated area is outlined on a map on the HDC website.

For more information or to apply go to the HDC website.

Applications for funding close on 15 June 2017.