Today’s announcement of the successful projects under Round 3 of the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund (PKCIF) is another positive step toward the transformation of one of the Illawarra’s most iconic communities, according to the Illawarra Business Chamber (IBC).

Seventeen projects valued at just under $3 million were announced today as part of the PKCIF program that will distribute $100 million received from the proceeds of the Port’s lease.

The IBC is a member of the evaluation committee and has long championed the Fund as an opportunity to revitalise the Port Kembla economy by improving its tourism assets, upgrading its retail and business precinct and creating employment opportunities.

Round three of PKCIF sees some welcome changes by the NSW Government as a result of the IBC’s advocacy to bring forward expenditure under the Fund to increase the size of the available pool from $1 million per year to $4 million, to finance more significant projects in Port Kembla.

“These are 17 exciting projects that will improve Port Kembla’s iconic tourism assets, upgrade community amenities and enhance the local environment,” said Adam Zarth, Executive Director of the Illawarra Business Chamber.

“I’m pleased that the government listened to the business community and brought forward greater funding so that a greater level of vision and scale could be achieved in this funding round of PKCIF,” he said.

“Heading into a state election, it is also terrific to see the proceeds of asset recycling supporting businesses, employment and the economy at a very local level here in Port Kembla.”

“We look forward to more worthy projects being funded in our region in the near future.”

More information can be found at www.nsw.gov.au/pkcif.

Media Contact:                  James Newton (0417 135 858)

 
PKCIF - Round Three - Successful Projects
 
Applicant Project Title Project Description Grant Amount (GST Exc)
All Sustainable Futures Sustainable Port Kembla - Stage 2 Residential Housing A community-wide sustainability program involving the audit and retrofit of energy saving capital works for up to 1,000 homes in Port Kembla. $700,000
Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers Port Kembla Wetlands Rehabilitation Project - Stage 2 Working with the local community and industry to restore the habitat value for the Green and Golden Bell Frog around the ponds in Port Kembla. $47,667
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong Refurbishment of St Patrick's Parish Hall - Stage 2 Strengthening the floor supports, removal of asbestos sheeting, installation of a new acoustic ceiling, new interior lighting, upgraded toilets and a new entrance door. $150,298
Flagstaff Group Port Kembla Community Campus Masterplan Masterplan and concept drawings for a community campus which will deliver services, economic/business and recreational activities for disability and minority groups. $84,785
Inside Industry Inside Industry Visitor Centre - Kitchen Upgrade Project Project activities including upgrading the dated kitchen area and installing an acoustic, retractable dividing wall in the main hall. $113,385
Marine Rescue NSW Marine Rescue Tower Upgrade Project Replacement of viewing platform and stairs, removal of concrete cancer, general repairs and painting of Marine Rescue tower and radio mast. $164,080
Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra Inc. Museum of Human Migration to the Illawarra Project - Stage 1 Feasibility Study Feasibility study for a regional scale Illawarra Museum of Human Migration to be located in Port Kembla. $49,350
Port Kembla Anglican Church Anglican Church Hall Upgrade - Stage 3 Stage 3 project consists of enclosing the disabled ramp and link between church and hall, the construction of a disabled toilet, and the completion of the main entry doors and awning. $148,397
Port Kembla Baptist Church Port Kembla Baptist Church - Playground Upgrade Project Installation of playground for families.  $14,960
Port Kembla Cricket Club New cricket nets at King George Oval No 1 Planning and construction of new three-lane cricket nets. $95,095
Port Kembla Gateway Pty Ltd Port Kembla Gateway Environmental Project Installation and commissioning of two dry fog dust suppression systems for the loading/unloading of mineral concentrate $155,000
Port Kembla Public School Public Facilities Upgrade Project Refurbishing the playing field including drainage and irrigation, resurfacing the multipurpose court, constructing an adventure playground, and replacing the fences. $333,020
Port Kembla Pumas Soccer Club Grandstand Seating at King George V Park - Oval  No 2 Purchase, delivery and installation of aluminium tiered grandstand seating, providing 120 seats in total. $63,095
Port Kembla Surf Lifesaving Club Port Kembla Surf Club House Upgrade Project - Stage 2 Internal refurbishment of the Port Kembla Surf Lifesaving Club House including the removal of an internal wall, painting and flooring. Stage 1 planning and design works were funded in Round 1 of PKCIF. $155,000
Salvation Army (NSW) The Foundery Community Space Upgrade Project New roof, a new floor, replacement of the air-conditioning equipment and refurbishment of the bathroom/toilet. $88,925
Wollongong City Council Grand Pacific Walk Observation Deck Design and construction of a 24 metre long and 4.2 metre wide observation deck overlooking Port Kembla Beach. $400,000
Wollongong City Council Upgrade of Allan Street Eastern Public Car Park Removal of existing aged infrastructure and replacing with new landscaping and footpath works, kerb and gutter replacement, tree replacement, car park resurfacing. $140,000
    FUNDING TOTAL: $2,903,057