The Illawarra Community Housing Trust received $312,881 through Round 1 of the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund program to implement Stage 1 of the Sustainable Port Kembla Upgrade Program.
The project involved renovating and retrofitting community housing properties and commercial premises with energy efficient, solar electricity generation and urban greening upgrades in Port Kembla. The project, which partnered with the University of Wollongong and Edmiston Jones, is part of a long-term initiative to convert the Port Kembla Precinct into a renewable energy and sustainability hub that will act as an exemplar regional community transformation program that aims to attract new businesses and activities.
The project provided significant energy efficiency upgrades to improve the quality of life, thermal performance and comfort at ten community housing properties. It also provided energy efficiency upgrades at two commercial premises: the Scouts Regional Headquarters and Youth With A Mission. These upgrades included solar panels, skylights, fans and measures to prevent heat and cooling loss.
The project was completed in April 2019.