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.

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

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

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