Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced the fourth round of the Newcastle Community Port Contribution (NPCC) fund will open tomorrow, Friday 18th May.
The NPCC was established by the NSW Liberal National Government in 2014 to ensure ongoing community benefit in the Harbour precinct, and the latest round will provide $1 million for community-minded projects in and around the Port of Newcastle.
Mr MacDonald said the latest round created fantastic opportunity to enhance community infrastructure and activity in the Port area, which includes the Harbour, Nobbys foreshore, Honeysuckle, Throsby Creek, Carrington, Walsh Point and Stockton.
“This is the fourth year we have released significant funds for the Newcastle community to apply for and I encourage people to make an application in this round,” Mr MacDonald said.
“Already, this initiative has seen $3 million in funds allocated to local projects and events – such as the renovation of Nobbys Pavilion, new cricket nets for the community in Carrington, Winter Heat festival and the Lantern Walk to name a few.”
“Last year we announced an exciting project for the Stockton community, with Newcastle City Council successfully securing significant funds towards an urban skate plaza and children’s adventure playground, the ‘The South Stockton Reserve’s Active Hub’.”
To qualify for the funding, an applicant must be a community group, not-for-profit, local council, state government agency, or other organisation or corporation that owns, manages or occupies land subject to a lease or license within the project area.
“NPCC seeks to fund projects that benefit the community within the environment of the Port of Newcastle, and could include things as port-side landscaping, heritage restoration, pollution mitigation and control, new boat ramps, place activation or smart city technology initiatives.
“The Port has underpinned prosperity in this region for centuries and the NPCC is an important way of sharing some of the benefits of this growth with the people who live and work around it.”
The NSW Government invites eligible groups with projects valued between $10,000 and $500,000 to apply before 5pm Friday 13th July 2018.
A briefing session will be held at 10am, Tuesday 5th June at Rydges Hotel Newcastle.
For more information and how to apply, go to https://www.hdc.nsw.gov.au/funds-we-administer/port-community-fund