Newcastle benefits from community project funding

Upgrade to historic Newcastle sites and contributions to community groups will benefit from grants totaling $1.27 million from the NSW Government’s Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund.

Half a million dollars will go to ‘Newcastle Now’ for Stage 2 of the redevelopment of one of Newcastle’s most recognized landmarks, Nobby’s Lighthouse.

“The Nobbys project involves the construction of extensive public picnic and viewing decks around this important tourism icon as part of the wider $1.5 million project,” Minister for Planning, Anthony Roberts, said.

“Carrington Hydraulic Engine House will receive $500,000 for restoration works including, weather-proofing, landscaping, heritage interpretation works and public seating”.

The engine house was built in 1877 to house a hydraulic power system that operated a coal-loading crane on Newcastle Harbour and is the first of its type built in NSW.

Other projects being funded are:

• $170,000 to launch the historic steamship William the Fourth (crane the historic vessel into the water and dock at a home berth to be constructed at Lee Wharf, Honeysuckle);
• $50,000 to the Honeysuckle Community Group for the 2017 Winter Heat Festival;
• $45,000 to the Carrington Community Council for construction of new cricket nets.

Mr Roberts said the NSW Government was pleased to be able to support these projects.

Parliamentary Secretary for The Hunter, Catherine Cusack, said: “It’s great to see this funding being used to restore, protect and maximise public enjoyment of these historical icons of Newcastle .They show how the community can benefit as Newcastle grows and changes.”

Ms Cusack said the 2017 round of funding would be opened in the first quarter of this year. The Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund is administered by the Hunter Development Corporation and makes at least $1 million available each year, which is drawn from the port’s revenue. Grants are awarded for projects valued between $10,000 and $500,000.

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