Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today announced that the Port Kembla region is set to receive a boost to the local economy with the NSW Government announcing $2 million for round four of the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund.
“Round four of the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund will have a renewed focus on supporting projects designed to increase economic activity,” Mr Ward said.
“Projects will have a focus on delivering enhanced activation and connectivity of public infrastructure and improving environmental air, land and waterway quality.
“I am very pleased that round four will extend delivery timeframes to up to three years, which will allow larger projects to be considered,” Mr Ward said.
Environmental and economic projects that support specific sections of the community will be eligible under round four and dollar for dollar co-contributions by Government and business applicants will deliver even more value for the Port Kembla community.
NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund has provided $5.9 million to 42 projects to date.
“The NSW Government provides annual funding to the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund from the long-term lease of the Port of Port Kembla,” Mr Barilaro said.
“This significant contribution from the NSW Government is coming at a vital time with Port Kembla and surrounding suburbs currently feeling the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These projects are delivering improvements that are revitalising the Port Kembla region, including upgrades to local sporting fields, the refurbishment of local amenities, art projects and a range of projects and programs that will benefit the local community and stimulate the economy,” Mr Barilaro said.
Applications for round four will open on 1st September 2020 and close on 31st October.
For further information about the program, including guidelines, eligibility criteria and important dates, please go to: www.nsw.gov.au/pkcif.