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Applications open to revitalise Port of Newcastle precinct

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Innovative projects will help guide the future of Australia’s oldest harbour, the Port of Newcastle.

Applications are now open – until 5pm on Tuesday 28 February – for round eight of the NSW Government’s Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund. 

Deputy Premier Paul Toole said up to $2 million would be available for ventures that revitalised the port and surrounding areas for locals and visitors alike.

“The Port of Newcastle (PoN) is a vital economic, industrial and tourist hub,” the Minister for Regional NSW explained.

“This round of funding will help deliver projects that’ll further showcase the region’s rich history as well as provide economic stimulus and a boost to tourism.

“The NSW Government understands the potential of the historic Port of Newcastle.

“So, we’ll continue to highlight that by supporting schemes that’ll benefit the wider community and give visitors even more reasons to stay.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said areas surrounding the port had seen significant revitalisation in recent years through projects undertaken by local groups.

“The Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund has backed 41 diverse and high-quality endeavours worth $6.9 million since 2014,” he added.

“They’re all helping to deliver ongoing benefits for the Newcastle community.

“The program recently delivered funding for projects including the restoration of the Stockton Community War Memorial, the expansion of a sailing program for people with disabilities and upgrades to the Carrington Bowling Club.”

The Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund offers grants of between $50,000 and $500,000.

“The increase of the minimum amount to $50,000, under round eight, will enable the fund to attract larger-scale community infrastructure projects, delivering increased public amenity to the area,” Mr Martin said.

Program guidelines and eligibility criteria will be made available at www.nsw.gov.au/npccf.

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