Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward MP has today announced that Port Kembla is set to receive a huge $4 million funding boost to improve the lives of community members and the attractiveness of the region through round three of the NSW Government’s Port Kembla Community Investment Fund.
Mr Ward said that the funding amount represents a vast increase on the funding available under previous rounds.
“This is a massive lift in funding, with this year’s pool greater than the total amount available over the past two years combined,” Mr Ward said.
“The funding will unlock more dollars for sports precinct upgrades, community facilities like King George V Oval and improvements for cultural, heritage and environment sites.
“I’m so proud of this program which contributes to making Port Kembla a vibrant, exciting place that people living locally can be proud to call home.”
The NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the NSW Government has already committed over $3 million through the first two rounds of the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund to 25 projects that are on their way or already making real improvements for the community.
“We know how important this initiative is to building brand new infrastructure as well as for restoration of existing assets.
“That’s why the NSW Government has committed more money in this round with grant values between $10,000 and $2 million available for environmental, public infrastructure, and precinct activation projects.
“These kinds of projects are important for the people who live in the area but also to encourage tourism, which has endless flow-on benefits – when tourists visit they stay in local accommodation and spend money at local eateries and shops.”
The Port Kembla Community Investment Fund is now open. For more information including program guidelines, visit: nsw.gov.au/pkcif
An information session for potential applicants will also be held at the Port Kembla Leagues Club at 6pm on Monday 17th September.