Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund

The Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund (NPCC) is annual funding of at least $1 million to support community infrastructure around the Port of Newcastle to improve amenity and community access to spaces around the Port.

The successful 2018 (Round 4) NPCC fund recipients have now been announced, with a total value of $1.35 million being directed into the following projects to enhance the port-side areas for the Newcastle community. 

Projecting Newcastle Silo Lights

Projecting Newcastle
(GrainCorp Operations Limited)

Installation of state-of-the-art laser projectors to upgrade the city’s ability to support community initiatives and events. Using the same proven technology used for the Vivid light festival in Sydney, the projectors are capable of projecting images and video in high-definition, visible from across the harbour.

Cottage Creek Bank Amenity Works
(Hunter Water Corporation)

Construction of an enhanced waterway between the rail line and Honeysuckle Drive for improved environmental and social amenity. The proposed works, including new vegetation, sandstone terracing and public spaces, will add significant improvements to any public domain works constructed adjacent to the stormwater channel and improve the overall amenity of the creek.

Cottage Creek - Artist Impression

Port of Newcastle Seafarer Activation
(Mission to Seafarers – Newcastle)

Aims to provide a new minibus for volunteer drivers to bring seafarers, members of the often-forgotten 'floating community' from the port into Hunter Street, Carrington, Wickham and the Port precinct. The ongoing project provides them with free Wi-Fi to connect with their families, donated second-hand clothing, free food, beanies, magazines and books, as well as a chapel and games room.

Camp Shortland

Camp Shortland Precinct Activation
(Newcastle City Council)

The adaptive reuse of the section of new pavement constructed for the Newcastle 500 Supercars Event between Nobbys Beach car park and Horseshoe Beach car park.

Honeysuckle Lights: Lightscape
(University of Newcastle)


Part of the larger placemaking Project Lightscape, this will use digital projection technology to engage the community by activating Brake Block Park, a dimly lit green-space located at 101 Honeysuckle Drive.

Honeysuckle Lightscape

In 2017, the NPCC Round 3 allocated $1,170,000 to the following projects:

  • $450,000 to the Newcastle City Council for the South Stockton Reserve Active Hub
  • $135,000 to the University of Newcastle for place making activities at Honeysuckle
  • $365,000 to UrbanGrowth NSW to revitalisation of open space in the Honeysuckle Precinct
  • $148,000 to UrbanGrowth NSW for “The Flyer” public art in the refurbished Newcastle Station
  • $50,000 to the Light up Newcastle Chinese Lantern Walk; and
  • $22,000 to the Stockton Historical Walk for historical interpretive signage.

The next round of applications under the Newcastle Port Community Contribution will open in early 2019.

For information about NPCC, please see the interactive version of the Map for the area of eligibility and information documents in the Publications library.

Recent projects


Some recently completed projects include the renovation of Nobbys Beach Pavilion, clubhouse and changeroom upgrades, new cricket nets for the Carrington community, Honeysuckle Winter Heat Festival, and the Light up Newcastle Lantern Walk. 

In 2017, NPCC supported an exciting project for the Stockton community, with Newcastle City Council successfully securing significant funds towards an urban skate plaza and children’s adventure playground, the ‘The South Stockton Reserve’s Active Hub’.