Sustainable Port Kembla paper bag

Be part of planning a sustainable Port Kembla

The Sustainable Port Kembla project is almost complete, with the team at the Sustainable Building Research Centre (UoW), Edmiston Jones and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage working with the Port Kembla Chamber of Commerce and Industry, community organisations and small businesses.

Energy retrofits for Housing Trust community homes
Assessments have been completed for these properties, and recommendations made to the Housing Trust to improve the environmental performance and comfort of their homes – and save energy costs for residents. Upgrade work will commence shortly, and completion is due by the end of 2018.

Energy efficiency upgrades for Wentworth Street businesses
Following the call-out to local businesses last year, the team has installed energy and thermal monitoring at 5 premises in Port Kembla to collect data on energy use and thermal comfort. The data was used to assess the properties in order to recommend ways of improving environmental performance in the buildings. The team are meeting with building owners to fine tune details of the upgrade work to start soon.

Paper bags replace plastic shopping bags
You may have seen the paper bags supplied to local shopkeepers on Wentworth Street to replace plastic bags. The bags are printed with a link to the Sustainable Place website. Here, you can suggest ideas for future sustainability projects for Port Kembla around the themes of “Energy”, “Urban Greening” and “Amenity”. These ideas will be included in the Sustainability Action Plan which will assist the Port Kembla community in applying for further funding for Sustainability projects and set the framework for Sustainability in Port Kembla into the future.

New roof for King George V Oval amenities

Sports clubs who train and play at King George V Oval have been working with Wollongong City Council on a plan to renew the current amenities building. The first stage of the renewal involved replacement of the roof, which was deteriorating with age.

The sports amenities get plenty of use, with cricket and football teams there year-round to train and compete. The roof replacement works were recently finished, and the block looks fantastic with the new roof in place.

Drop-in for Façade Program Information

In order to provide more information to interested business and landowners about the Town Centre Façade Program, Wollongong City Council is holding a drop-in information session. This session will provide further information on the Program including timeframes, the application process and works that will be eligible for funding. Council staff will be in attendance to answer questions.

When: Tuesday, 11 April 2017 anytime between 4pm – 7pm
Where: Red Point Artists Workshop 10, 100 Wentworth Street Port Kembla

If you are interested in attending this drop-in session, please contact Façade Project Officer Sarah Noble on (02) 4227 8263 or email by Monday 10 April 2017.

Information Session for Round 2 Funding

Local organisations with big ideas for Port Kembla should start thinking now about how they might use the extra cash on offer from the NSW Government to support community projects. A further $1 million has been made available in round two of the Port Kembla Community Fund. Applications will open on 31 March and close 31 May 2017, with successful projects expected to be announced in August. NSW Department of Industry are holding an information session about the application process at Port Kembla Leagues Club, at 6pm on 29 March 2017. To register, call Tammie Wise on (02) 4222 8338.

More information is available at

Round Two Funding for Community Projects

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today, 17 March 2017, announced that the New South Wales Government is providing a further $1 million to support community projects in the Port Kembla Region.

Mr Ward has today announced the injection of more funds into the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund.

“This is great news for the people of Port Kembla, as it builds on the $2 million in funding provided last year and supports the development of a range of community facilities that can be used by everyone,” Mr Ward said.

“We will hold an information session on 29th March to help people to understand the application process and I encourage local organisations to start thinking about their proposals for the available funds.

“Applications for the Port Kembla Community Fund will open on the 31st March with successful projects expected to be announced in August.

“The New South Wales Government supported 14 community projects in the first round of funding.
“Some of the projects to benefit from funding were the Port Kembla Town Centre Façade Program and an Indigenous Cultural Trail linking Heritage Park, Hill 60 and Commaditchie Lagoon,” Mr Ward said.

The NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the investments in the community of Port Kembla were possible because of the long term leasing of Port Kembla.

“Through the leasing of the port we have established an ongoing fund designed to activate, enhance and build community assets for the people of Port Kembla,” he said.

“This annual community funding underlines our support for regional New South Wales and for projects that create community facilities and jobs while building economic sustainability,” Minister Barilaro said.

For more information on the fund, please visit