Newcastle Mines Grouting Fund

We administer the Newcastle Mines Grouting Fund (NMGF), a NSW Government initiative designed to complement Government’s wider city centre revitalisation program, and help mitigate risk associated with mine subsidence.

Changes to funding

As part of the NSW Government budget process, funding allocated to the NMGF has been reduced from $11 million to $6 million. The $6 million allocation will meet the cost of existing approved applications. 

The uncommitted $5 million has been redirected to supporting the delivery of key government priorities, including addressing the housing shortage, delivering critical infrastructure, investing in renewable energy and rebuilding essential services.

As a result, the fund will no longer be accepting any further applications from September 2023.

Federal Government funding committed for a $10 million Lake Macquarie Grouting Fund is not affected by these changes.

NMGF recipients and applicants

The projects listed below applied for funding from the Newcastle Mines Grouting Fund. 

Many of the projects did not exceed the funding cap and therefore did not receive payment for their applications. 

ApplicantProject descriptionSite addressFunding amount (ex GST)
Basebuild Pty Ltd8 storey residential building116 Parry Street$543,688
City of NewcastleNewcastle Art Gallery Expansion1 Laman Street, Cooks HillTo be determined at completion of the work
Core Project Group14 storey senior housing development500 King Street$0 (funding cap not exceeded)
Core Project GroupMixed use development with ground floor retail and student accommodation731 Hunter Street$0 (funding cap not exceeded)
East End Stage 1 Pty LtdEast End Stage 1163 & 169-185 Hunter$0 (funding cap not exceeded)
East End Stage 2 Pty LtdEast End Stage 2 mixed use residential development147 & 151-153 Hunter St$328,377
East End Stage 3 and 4 Pty LtdMixed use residential development121, 137-145 Hunter Street, NewcastleTo be determined at completion of the work
GWH Build Pty LtdMixed use309 King StreetTo be determined at completion of the work
GWH National Park Pty LtdMixed use shoptop housing, 193 dwellings1 National Park StreetTo be determined at completion of the work
Parry Street Developments Pty Ltd8 Storey mixed use building122-124 Parry Street$301,312
University of NewcastleAlumni House 3-storey office and multipurpose231 King StreetTo be determined at completion of the work
Windham Developments Pty LtdVerve Apartments - 20 storey residential mixed use development464-470 King Street$0 (funding cap not exceeded)
NMGF operational area map

Funds previously administered

Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund

The Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund (NPCC) is funding that supports community infrastructure around the Port of Newcastle, to improve amenity and community access to spaces around the Port.

HCCDC administered the fund from 2014-18, supporting a variety of initiatives including:

  • Enhancement of public domain, amenity and recreation facilities
  • Community events and festivals
  • Heritage restoration
  • Public art installation, placemaking and activation

The NPCC recipients from 2014-18 are listed below. For information about applications and recipients from 2019 onwards, visit

Round 1

Newcastle City Council - Throsby Creek Clean Up
$10,000  |  Completed May 2019
Funding to clean up Throsby Creek.

William the Fourth Inc - William the Fourth Home Berth
$137,000  |  Completed October 2018
Provision of berthing facilities at Honeysuckle's Lee Wharf for William the Fourth, a historic steam-powered ocean-going vessel.

Newcastle City Council - Nobbys Surf Clubhouse Renovation
$500,000  |  Completed October 2017 
Refurbishment of Nobby's Surf Life Saving Club Pavilion including dressing rooms, kiosk, kitchen, function space and public toilets.

Round 2

Carrington Community Council  |  Carrington Community Cricket Nets
$45,000   |  Completed March 2018
Construction of two practice cricket nets at Connolly Park Oval, Carrington.

Honeysuckle Community Group  |  Honeysuckle Winter Heat Festival 2017
$50,000  |  Completed July 2017
Funding supported the Winter Heat activation event in Honeysuckle attracting thousands of attendees.

William the Fourth Inc  |  Re-launch of William the Fourth
$170,000  |  Completed May 2017
Funding to support restoration of the historic vessel.

Port of Newcastle Investments (Property) Trust -
Carrington Hydraulic Engine House: Heritage Restoration and Community Space
$500,000  |  Completed October 2019
Restoration of the exterior of the Carrington Hydraulic Engine House built in 1877.

Newcastle Business Improvement Association (T/A Newcastle Now) -
Nobby's Lighthouse Redevelopment Stage 2 - Community Viewing and Picnic Decks
$500,000*  |  Project did not proceed
*Unused funding (due to project not proceeding) was rolled into Round 4.

Round 3

Stockton Historical Society Inc  |  Stockton Historical Walk
$22,080  |  Completed March 2018
Historical interpretive signage installed in and around Stockton foreshore.

Rotary Club of Newcastle Inc  |  'Light Up Newcastle' Lantern Walk 2018
$50,000  |  Completed February 2018
Funding supported a Chinese New Year themed Lantern Walk along Honeysuckle promenade.

University of Newcastle - Placemaking in Honeysuckle
$135,796  |  Completed February 2019
Placemaking initiatives including the Hidden Honeysuckle Stories App, the Movable Feast, Honeysuckle Hopscotch a painted ground installation on Harbour Square, the Chatterbox shipping container installation and Honeysuckle Lights lighting projections.

UrbanGrowth NSW - 'The Flyer' Public Art Installation at The Station
$148,100  |  Completed January 2019
Design and construction of 'The Flyer' public art piece installed at The Station, Newcastle.

UrbanGrowth NSW - Honeysuckle Open Space
$365,000  |  Completed June 2019
Revitalisation of open space and construction of new footpath in Brake Block Park connecting Honeysuckle to the Museum Place precinct

Newcastle City Council - South Stockton Reserves Active Hub
$450,000  |  Completed June 2019
Construction of urban skate plaza and childrens adventure playground in Stockton.

Round 4

Mission to Seafarers - Port of Newcastle Seafarer Activation
$50,000  |  Completed December 2018
Provision of a new mini bus for the Mission to Seafarers Council.

University of Newcastle - Honeysuckle Lights: Lightscape
$74,336  |  Active Funding
Light projections onto Honeysuckle buildings.

Newcastle City Council - Camp Shortland Precinct Activation
$445,000  |  Active Funding
Design and construction of a playground and active space at Camp Shortland.

Hunter Water Corporation - Cottage Creek Bank Amenity Works
$450,000  |   Completed 2023
Design, build and landscaping of Cottage Creek to create green public space.  Currently in design phase.

GrainCorp Operations Ltd - Projecting Newcastle
$332,000*  |  Project did not proceed
*Unused funding (due to project not proceeding) rolled into Round 5 or Round 6 (as determined by Regional NSW who now administer NPCC).

Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund

The NSW Government established the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund (HIIF) in 2011 to enhance the Hunter’s infrastructure to support economic growth and liveability of the region. 

The Government allocated $450 million to the Fund over four years - and it supported transport, education, water and health infrastructure projects.

The HIIF fund has now closed and is no longer accepting applications. 

Projects funded included:

  • $2 million refurbishment of the Cessnock Emergency Department
  • $2 million for a carer’s room and courtyard at Maitland Mental Health Unit 
  • $11.1 million Newcastle Airport Expansion (stage one)
  • $500,000 for equipment upgrades at the Wansey Dialysis Centre, Charlestown
  • $20 million Wine Region Roads Upgrade at Pokolbin
  • $11.3 million Lake Macquarie Football Facility ($7.3 million from the HIIF)
  • $45 million Nelson Bay Road upgrade between Bob’s Farm and Anna Bay
  • $51 million New England Highway upgrade at Maitland ($45 million from the HIIF)
  • $60 million for the Newcastle City Centre urban renewal and light rail project 
  • $5 million to the Basketball Association of Newcastle towards the Multi-Purpose Complex in Broadmeadow
  • $3.2 million to the Department of Education for the Regional Performing Arts Centre at the Hunter School of Performing Arts
  • $2.3 million towards Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service’s Helicopter Service Belmont Base
  • $5.5 million to Maitland City Council for the Maitland Regional Sportsground Complex – Athletic Centre
  • $9.8 million for the Hunter Innovation Hub Project by University of Newcastle and Newcastle City Council to establish smart city infrastructure and a digitally connected innovation precinct
  • $10 million for the Newcastle International Hockey Centre Redevelopment
  • $12.7 million for construction of a permanent multi-purpose cruise terminal facility by Port of Newcastle
  • $1.5 million towards the White Park Recreation and Equine Development by Upper Hunter Shire Council

Other projects are in advanced stages of planning or have commenced, including:

  • $5.3 million towards the $20 million overhaul of Hunter Sports High School at Gateshead
  • $18 million for stages two and three of the expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the John Hunter Hospital Newcastle, bringing to $25 million the total HIIF funding
  • $7 million for Singleton Hospital improvements
  • $25 million to start early works on the new Lower Hunter hospital at Metford