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Applications now open for community sponsorships


Locals delivering sustainable outcomes for the thriving communities surrounding the Port of Newcastle are encouraged to apply for funding through its annual Your Port, Our Community sponsorship program.

Worth up to $6,000, the sponsorships offer funding to support organisations, groups and charities delivering initiatives that lead to lasting environmental, educational and social benefits for the Hunter region.

Port of Newcastle’s Your Port, Our Community sponsorship program adds to the $1 million it provides annually through the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund.

The fund, administered by the NSW Government, supports the development of community infrastructure.

Port of Newcastle communications and community relations manager Sarah Kiely said the sponsorship program was part of the Port’s commitment to enhancing social, economic and environmental outcomes for the Hunter Region and the state.

“We are proud to play a major role in the prosperity of NSW and the Hunter,” she explained.

“Port of Newcastle supports 9,000 jobs across NSW, contributes about 9% of the Hunter’s gross regional product, and is a port of choice for wind farm developments across NSW.

“Our Your Port, Our Community sponsorship program adds further value by helping eligible groups to deliver projects that will support the thriving communities surrounding the Port.”

Ms Kiely said sustainability was at the core of the Port’s business strategy and culture.

“As well as embedding sustainability principles across our operations, the Port is focused on diversifying trade and the regional economy, improving the efficiency of existing supply chains, supporting the global transition to renewable energy, and partnering with the community on sustainability initiatives,” she stated.

“Priority will be given to activities that deliver measurable environmental benefits, support student engagement in STEM-related career pathways, contribute to the sustainability of Aboriginal communities or empower women within the workforce.”

Sponsorship applications can be lodged online at by Wednesday 7 July. 

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