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Projects making waves throughout Port of Newcastle precinct

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The Making Waves Foundation is one of the big winners from the latest round of the Newcastle Port Community Contribution (NPCC) Fund.

The organisation secured almost $300,000 towards its program to boost sailing opportunities for people with physical or intellectual disabilities.

“It will significantly expedite the expansion of our initiatives throughout Newcastle and the Hunter, which the Making Waves Foundation started in Newcastle earlier this year,” Julian Martin said.

“This funding also allows us to introduce to Newcastle other programs that we currently run elsewhere for local Indigenous communities and disadvantaged young people.”

Another seven successful applicants will share in more than $700,000.

Foreshore Park amenities and changing places are set to benefit to the tune of $233,390 to service the neighbouring play space and broader parklands; while $138,575 is going towards the activation of the Delprat Cottage and garden through an educational and artistic initiative.

The Victoria Theatre Façade Revitalisation picked up $121,000 to improve safety and accessibility; Stockton Bowling Club garnered $56,500 for an upgrade to its main entrance; and the Stockton Community War Memorial will undergo a $40,000 renewal.

The Lock Up’s Art in the Yard acquired $30,672 to coordinate free creative activities for kids.

The Carrington Bowling Club will spend $81,863 on the construction of a multi-purpose outdoor function area, too.

“We’re already seeing the benefits that projects funded through the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund bring to the entire community, including the recently completed Macquarie Pier Revitalisation Project,” Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said.

“The addition of signage and an interactive audio tour capture the important heritage of the area, adding to what is already an iconic walk for locals and creating another attraction for visitors to Newcastle.

“The eight projects announced [today] will continue to grow the Newcastle Port precinct as a vibrant and historically significant area.

“I’d like to thank the successful applicants for their dedication to improving the surrounds.”

The Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund provides grants of between $10,000 and $500,000 for projects that benefit the environment, public domain, infrastructure, heritage restoration, activation, smart technology or community.

Since 2014, it has provided $6.9 million.

“We’re closely connected to our surrounding community, giving them a strong sense of connectivity and belonging to the Port,” Port of Newcastle CEO Craig Carmody said.

“With the port footprint playing such a significant role in employment and economic impact, we are delighted to ensure our community is able to further benefit through the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said under changes for round seven, the geographical area for eligible projects was expanded to increase opportunities for groups and not-for-profit organisations to deliver quality projects, in proximity to the port.

“This fund is enabled by the long-term lease of the Port of Newcastle and is breathing new life into Australia’s oldest export port by delivering projects that make the harbour an even better place to live, work and play,” he added.

For further information about the NPCC, go to www.nsw.gov.au/npcc

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