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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 www.industry.nsw.gov.au.

Big Island Bush Regeneration

Throughout autumn and winter, Berrim Nuru Aboriginal Environmental Services will be undertaking weed removal and native seedling replanting as part of the Big Island bush regeneration project. NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is hosting a free seminar on the project at City Beach Function Centre on Thursday 6 April, 5-7pm. The event also celebrates 50 years of Five Islands being a Nature Reserve and a book launch of “The Story of Five Islands” by the children of Coomaditchie. To RSVP, contact Dr Rowena Morris on 02 4224 4188 or email five.islands@environment.nsw.gov.au.

Flyer for the Big Island rehabilitation project free seminar (PDF)

Shopfront Upgrade Audits

Landowners will be encouraged to upgrade their facades in the town centre, through a matched financial incentive under the Port Kembla Town Centre Façade Program.

STUDIO GL and John Oultram Heritage and Design have been employed by Wollongong City Council to help with the first stage of this project, which includes a review or audit of the Port Kembla Town Centre. In this role, STUDIO GL and John Oultram are looking at the condition and quality of all the shopfronts in the Port Kembla Town Centre Area, taking photographs and making notes about buildings and shopfronts. These audits will then be shared with recommendations to businesses and shop owners at the end of March.

The work in this first stage of the project will shape the grants that will be available later in the year. This grant program will invite landowners and businesses in the town centre area to apply for funds from Wollongong City Council to help with the financial costs of upgrading and improving their shopfronts. Wollongong City Council will host an information session about the grant application process for land owners in early April.

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.