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. HCCDC administered this fund from 2014 - 2018.

Some recently completed projects include:

  • Creation of The Flyer - a public art installation at The Station, Newcastle
  • Renovation of Nobbys Beach Pavilion, including clubhouse and changeroom upgrades
  • New cricket nets for the Carrington community
  • Honeysuckle Winter Heat Festival, and
  • The Light up Newcastle Lantern Walk.

Recipients of funding in 2018

A total value of $1.35 million was directed into Newcastle port-side community projects from Round 4. GrainCorp operations installed their projection technology and light up the silos for special events while the other projects are in design and delivery phase.

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 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.

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 -
    including an urban skate plaza and children’s adventure playground in Stockton
  • $135,000 to the University of Newcastle for placemaking 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 - an interactive public art installation at 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 July 2019.

For information about Round 5, please email You can see the interactive version of the Map for the area of eligibility and information documents from Round 4 in the Publications library.

HCCDC will not be administering the fund in 2019.