Friday, January 21, 2022

$1.1 mn to deliver community infrastructure projects at Newcastle Port

Work will soon get underway on projects that will benefit communities around the Port of Newcastle and attract new visitors, with the NSW Government today announcing 11 projects to be delivered under the Newcastle Port Community Contribution (NPCC) Fund.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the projects will share $1.1 million from round six of the NPCC Fund, with 75 per cent of funding allocated to community organisations and not for profit organisations.

Mr Barilaro said funding will support the construction of an inclusive play space with waterplay at Foreshore Park, the installation of seabins and delivery of workshops to encourage responsible waste disposal, installation of solar lighting on Throsby Creek and restoration works at Norm Bassan Lions Park Memorial and Customs House Hotel.

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“This funding will also support stage two of the Fortress Newcastle Exhibition which showcases the critical role the region played in WWII as Australia’s largest integrated steel-making facility,” Mr Barilaro said.

“These 11 projects will continue to showcase Newcastle Port as a vibrant and historically significant area and I congratulate the successful applicants for their dedication to improving the precinct and thank them for their significant contributions that will help bring these exciting new projects to life.”

The NPCC provides grants of up to $500,000 for projects that benefit the environment, public domain, infrastructure, heritage restoration, activation, smart technology or community.

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Since 2014, the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund has provided $4.8 million over 22 projects which have directly benefited the community of Newcastle, including the Carrington Pumphouse restoration works, the construction of Awabakal ancestral remains monument, and the Macquarie Pier Revitalisation Project.

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“This fund is enabled by the long-term lease of the Port of Newcastle and is breathing new life into the area and benefiting the community by delivering projects that will improve everyday life and local liveability,” Mr Barilaro said.

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