Major Win For Port Kembla As 17 Community Projects To Receive Funding

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward MP and Member for Wollongong Paul Scully MP today announced that a new 24 metre long observation deck overlooking Port Kembla Beach and safety upgrades to Port Kembla Marine Rescue Tower are among 17 projects receiving NSW Government funding to improve community amenity for people in Port Kembla.

Mr Ward and Mr Scully today announced the full list of grant recipients through round three of the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund whilst visiting the Wonderwalls project in Port Kembla.

Mr Ward said a total of $2.9 million had been committed across multiple projects that promise to boost economic activity, develop public infrastructure, enhance community spaces and improve air, land and waterway quality.

“I’m so proud of this program, in only its third year, and the way that it is improving Port Kembla and helping to make it even more vibrant and exciting,” Mr Ward said.

“The NSW Government has already provided $3 million for 25 projects through the first two rounds of this program, many of which are already delivering real improvements for the community.

“Our Marine Rescue NSW volunteers work tirelessly to protect boaters and upgrading the local Marine Rescue Tower will help them help the community, while the new observation deck will be an exciting tourist attraction with ocean views.”

Other significant projects include:

  • A community-wide sustainability program involving the audit and retrofit of energy saving capital works across 1,000 homes in Port Kembla
  • A masterplan and concept drawings for a community campus to deliver a range of social services for locals with disabilities
  • Port Kembla Public School ground upgrades, including construction of a new adventure playground and sports field and court refurbishment.

Paul Scully said “The list of successful projects is as diverse as the Port Kembla community.

“Gareth Ward and I had the opportunity to work together in the consideration of these projects and I am pleased that our bipartisanship has seen that these exciting projects have been funded.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund provides infrastructure that not only delivers improvements for residents, but also the flow on benefits of increased tourism.

“By encouraging tourism, we’re helping to grow the local economy because more people visiting Port Kembla means more people dining in local restaurants and more money spent in local shops,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We are providing the funding that communities need to grow and prosper and our investments are helping hundreds of communities with projects just like these.

“Our already strong economy means we can continue to build on the foundations that make regional NSW a great place to live, work, play or invest.

For more information about the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund, please visit the website at:

See the full list of Round 3 successful projects below:


Project Title

Project Description

Grant Amount (GST Exc)

All Sustainable Futures

Sustainable Port Kembla - Stage 2 Residential Housing

A community-wide sustainability program involving the audit and retrofit of energy saving capital works for up to 1,000 homes in Port Kembla.


Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers

Port Kembla Wetlands Rehabilitation Project - Stage 2

Working with the local community and industry to restore the habitat value for the Green and Golden Bell Frog around the ponds in Port Kembla.


Catholic Diocese of Wollongong

Refurbishment of St Patrick's Parish Hall - Stage 2

Strengthening the floor supports, removal of asbestos sheeting, installation of a new acoustic ceiling, new interior lighting, upgraded toilets and a new entrance door.


Flagstaff Group

Port Kembla Community Campus Masterplan

Masterplan and concept drawings for a community campus which will deliver services, economic/business and recreational activities for disability and minority groups.


Inside Industry

Inside Industry Visitor Centre - Kitchen Upgrade Project

Project activities including upgrading the dated kitchen area and installing an acoustic, retractable dividing wall in the main hall.


Marine Rescue NSW

Marine Rescue Tower Upgrade Project

Replacement of viewing platform and stairs, removal of concrete cancer, general repairs and painting of Marine Rescue tower and radio mast.


Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra Inc.

Museum of Human Migration to the Illawarra Project - Stage 1 Feasibility Study

Feasibility study for a regional scale Illawarra Museum of Human Migration to be located in Port Kembla.


Port Kembla Anglican Church

Anglican Church Hall Upgrade - Stage 3

Stage 3 project consists of enclosing the disabled ramp and link between church and hall, the construction of a disabled toilet, and the completion of the main entry doors and awning.


Port Kembla Baptist Church

Port Kembla Baptist Church - Playground Upgrade Project

Installation of playground for families. 


Port Kembla Cricket Club

New cricket nets at King George Oval No 1

Planning and construction of new three-lane cricket nets.


Port Kembla Gateway Pty Ltd

Port Kembla Gateway Environmental Project

Installation and commissioning of two dry fog dust suppression systems for the loading/unloading of mineral concentrate


Port Kembla Public School

Public Facilities Upgrade Project

Refurbishing the playing field including drainage and irrigation, resurfacing the multipurpose court, constructing an adventure playground, and replacing the fences.


Port Kembla Pumas Soccer Club

Grandstand Seating at King George V Park - Oval  No 2

Purchase, delivery and installation of aluminium tiered grandstand seating, providing 120 seats in total.


Port Kembla Surf Lifesaving Club

Port Kembla Surf Club House Upgrade Project - Stage 2

Internal refurbishment of the Port Kembla Surf Lifesaving Club House including the removal of an internal wall, painting and flooring. Stage 1 planning and design works were funded in Round 1 of PKCIF.


Salvation Army (NSW)

The Foundery Community Space Upgrade Project

New roof, a new floor, replacement of the air-conditioning equipment and refurbishment of the bathroom/toilet.


Wollongong City Council

Grand Pacific Walk Observation Deck

Design and construction of a 24 metre long and 4.2 metre wide observation deck overlooking Port Kembla Beach.


Wollongong City Council

Upgrade of Allan Street Eastern Public Car Park

Removal of existing aged infrastructure and replacing with new landscaping and footpath works, kerb and gutter replacement, tree replacement, car park resurfacing.