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Soul Hub benefits to tune of $500,000

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Soul Hub CEO Rick Prosser has welcomed a $500,000 windfall, which will support the community’s disadvantaged and vulnerable.

The charity organisation was one of nine beneficiaries from the recent round of the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund.

Others to share in the $2 million bounty were Marine Rescue Base Stockton, Fort Scratchley Historical Society, Ship4Good, RAAF Newcastle Williamtown Air Show, Newcastle Outrigger Canoe Club, Delprat Cottage, Cottage Creek and William the Fourth Inc.

Mr Prosser said the money would go to good use as Soul Hub relocated its operations to Hunter Street.

“The funding will allow us to provide a space, so we can continue to assist those in the city who need it the most,” he explained.

“This financial assistance means the world to us at Soul Hub because we see so many people who are doing it tough in our community.

“We’ll be able to fit-out our new premises so that we can offer love, support and compassion to even more residents who require a helping hand to get back on their feet.”

The Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund provides grants of between $50,000 and $500,000 for projects, which aid the environment, public domain, infrastructure, heritage restoration, activation, smart technology and community.

It’s enabled by the long-term lease of the Port of Newcastle and has now provided $8.7 million to 50 initiatives since 2014.

“This funding presents an incredible opportunity to support important projects that will make a real difference to the region both now and into the future,” Minister for Regional NSW Tara Moriarty said.

“These investments contribute to the continual development of Newcastle as a great place to live, learn and work. 

“The funding is providing support for projects, like Soul Hub that wraps arms around those in need and fosters strong community bonds.”

Minister for the Hunter Yasmin Catley thanked the successful applicants for their commitment to improving and enhancing the Newcastle Port precinct.

“These impressive projects will help strengthen and revitalise the harbour to make the region an even better place to live, work and visit,” she said.

“I can’t wait to see what the successful applicants achieve for the region.”

Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund recipients:

  • $500,000 – Soul Hub fit-out of new location including kitchen and dining areas to support a broad spectrum of vulnerable community members
  • $105,542 – Marine Rescue Base Stockton for a pontoon extension for rescue vessels and upgrades including state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment
  • $50,000 – Fort Scratchley Historical Society to support the display of items of historical interest including artifacts and photographs
  • $315,000 – Ship4Good Inc to establish a dedicated Innovation, Arts and Maritime precinct on Newcastle Harbour for the MV Steve Irwin and visiting ships of significance
  • $125,000 – City of Newcastle for the RAAF Newcastle Williamtown Air Show
  • $81,578 – Newcastle Outrigger Canoe Club to supply new canoes suitable for recreational paddling and competitive racing, and improving access for school and college groups
  • $67,655 – Delprat Cottage for a virtual restoration using Extended Reality technology to create an immersive experience for visitors
  • $150,000 – Cottage Creek public domain artwork that complements the landscape and cultural narrative of Honeysuckle and the waterfront
  • $407,395 – William the Fourth Inc to restore the deck of the fully-operational replica of Australia’s first ocean-going paddlewheel steamship

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

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