Volunteers wearing work vests painting brick walls in the play space

3 days left of the 7 Day Makeover – join in!

Volunteers have been doing a fantastic job of painting bench seats and brickwork in bright colours during Allan Street’s 7 Day Makeover. They’ve also been doing some landscaping for a natural play area.

There’s more landscaping happening on Wednesday (2 August) and on Thursday morning from 8am to noon, they’ll be doing some planting. On Friday, everyone will work together to add the final finishing touches, then on Saturday morning, we celebrate!

Anyone who still wants to join in is most welcome – just pop down to the site and let them know you want to help. All ages and abilities can take part, no skills or experience required. You can join in for as little as an hour if you like!

Visit the 7 Day Makeover Port Kembla Facebook page.

Tell us what you love about Port Kembla

As part of the Port Kembla 2505 Revitalisation Plan, Wollongong City Council is asking you to share the love and your stories about Port Kembla and why it tugs at your heart strings. Whether it’s fond memories of growing up here, or a tale about why Port Kembla is special to you today, send them your ‘I Love Port Kembla’ stories and photos, or email engagement@wollongong.nsw.gov.au. You’ve got until Friday 29 September to share your story, which they hope to share with the community throughout the development of the Plan.

You’re invited to help shape Port Kembla’s future

Do you have some big ideas for what Port Kembla could be like in future? Wollongong City Council is preparing the Port Kembla 2505 Revitalisation Plan and wants your help to create a vision for the suburb’s future.

Come down to Port Kembla Senior Citizens Centre on Thursday 17 August to share your ideas. There’ll be two visioning workshop sessions; 11am-12.30pm and 6-7.30pm.

It’s free to participate and you can register to attend one of the workshops via the Eventbrite button.
 
Eventbrite - Port Kembla Visioning Workshop

Creative Communities 7 Day Makeover graphic

A Playground Makeover in 7 Days!

The Allan Street precinct is set to get a 7 Day Makeover! The space will be transformed using people power and led by Creative Communities, a company that helps people create great public spaces. A couple of communities in Queensland have already had ‘7 Day Makeovers’, so it’s exciting that the Port Kembla community is the first in NSW to have this opportunity.

Creative Communities are looking for creative, helpful types to be a part of this amazing project. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate, even if they can only give one hour. In June, they are holding an info night to explain how the Makeover will work, and how people can get involved. Join us at Port Kembla Senior Citizen’s Centre, Allan Street Port Kembla, on Tuesday 20 June, 6.30-8pm. Register online to volunteer at www.7day.com.au and head over to the Facebook page to stay in the loop.

Last call for Round 2 funding

Got a brilliant idea for breathing new life into Port Kembla, but need a few dollars to help get it off the ground? You have until Wednesday 31 May 2017 to get your application in for the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund. This fund is managed by the NSW Government and is for projects that help make Port Kembla a great place to live, work and play. Last year, Wollongong City Council received almost $1.15 million in the first round and they’re working with local community and business groups to make a number of exciting projects happen. You can have a look at all the projects that were funded in the first round on Projects – Round 1.

For information on how to apply for Round 2 funding, visit www.industry.nsw.gov.au/pkcif.

Façade Program Applications Open

Eligible business and landowners in the Port Kembla town centre can apply now for matched funding to help with the cost of upgrading their building façades, up to a maximum of $20,000.

Consultants have looked at the condition and quality of all the shopfronts in the Port Kembla Town Centre and their recommendations for improvements are being shared with landowners.

Applications for matched funding through the Town Centre Façade Program opened on Thursday 20 April and will close on Thursday 18 May 2017 at 10am.

For details, see our Town Centre Facade Project page.

The program is expected to start in mid-2017.

Solar Powered Community Housing

The Housing Trust is in the process of meeting with community housing tenants to invite their participation in the Sustainable Port Kembla Upgrade Program, which includes installing energy efficient, solar electricity at their properties.

Following this, preliminary walk-through energy audits will take place. An energy consumption monitoring device will then be placed on tenants’ meter boxes, and an indoor small temperature sensor will be attached to an internal wall for monitoring before and after the building upgrades.