Port Stephens Council awards $165,000 to community projects

Cultural, Aboriginal, environmental and heritage projects spearheaded by individuals and groups within the community will share in more than $165,000 worth of Port Stephens Council grants.

At the Tuesday night meeting, Port Stephens councillors approved applications for financial assistance across its five grant programs.

“Council’s annual grant programs help to fund many deserving groups and individuals who go on to make great contributions to Port Stephens across a range of fields,” Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer said.

“This year, some of the successful projects include a film on the Mambo-Wanda Wetlands, an Aboriginal cultural garden at Karuah Public School, and a historical book about Fingal Island, as well as contributions towards many community groups across the entire local government area.”

In total, $60,000 has been awarded to successful applicants under the Cultural Projects Fund, $35,000 under the Aboriginal Projects Fund, $13,640 under the Environmental Projects Fund, $50,525 under the Community Projects Fund and $6,380 under the Heritage Projects Fund.

A further $6000 for heritage projects will be awarded to successful applicants after a second application period running Monday, July 16 to Sunday, August 12.

“The idea of our grant programs is to give our community the funds they need to create programs to help people thrive,” Cr Palmer said.

“These initiatives also have a ripple effect on the whole community, so it’s exciting to see how far our grants can go.”


  1. $2,000 to the Artisan Collective for the inaugural Artisan Collective Port Stephens Expo 2019.
  2. $3,000 to Baylife Church for the 2018 Carols at the Bay event.
  3. $3,000 to Community Helping Community Inc. for the project, Painting the Joy back into our Lives.
  4. $2,000 to Denise Duffy (individual) for the project, Creative Connections by the Sea.
  5. $3,000 to Hunter Region Botanic Gardens for the project, Beats, Reed Weaves and Art – Artist in Residence.
  6. $3,000 to Janie Gibson (individual) for the project, Shakespeare in the Botanic Gardens.
  7. $2,000 to the Mambo-Wanda Wetlands Conservation Group for the project, Mambo Wanda Wetlands – The Film.
  8. $2,000 to Medowie Little A's for the project, Arty Athletics.
  9. $1,823 to Michelle Nicholas (individual) for the revised project, Genres Festival; Story Tellers Market.
  10. $3,000 to the Port Stephens Community Arts Centre for the project, Port Stephens Art Prize 2019.
  11. $3,000 to the Raymond Terrace Lions Club for the project, Cows, Carols and Music.
  12. $1,040 to Sally Walker (individual) for the project, Building Bridges.
  13. $3,000 to Screen Hunter for the project, The Real Film Festival.
  14. $3,000 to the Sea Side Singers Inc. for the project, Presenting Port Stephens in Concert.
  15. $2,890 to Shoal Bay Public School for the project, DRUMBEAT Program.
  16. $2,900 to the Tilligerry Art Group (TAG) for the project, Tilligerry Art Escape Workshops.
  17. $2,000 to the Tilligerry Art Group (TAG) for the project, A Learning Experience not to be Missed.
  18. $500 to Tilligerry Adult and Community Education for the project, Port Stephens Literature Awards 2018.
  19. $1,847 to the Tilligerry Community Association for the project, Collaboration Portrait Series.
  20. $3,000 to the Tilligerry Community Association for the project, Tilligerry Festival Fun Day 2018.
  21. $3,000 to Toonworld (Sole Trader) for the project, Toonworld in the Terrace.
  22. $3,000 to Toonworld (Sole Trader) for the project, Stop Animation.
  23. $3,000 to Tomaree Youth Community Action Inc. (TYCA) for the project, TYCA Amplified.
  24. $3,000 to the King St Preservation and Action Group Raymond Terrace Inc. for the project, STEP BACK into King Street Heritage Festival 2019

The project applications made by Sally Walker, Janie Gibson, Michelle Nicholas and Toonworld will go on public notice for 28 days. Should no submissions be made, council will adopt the recommendations for funding.


  1. $5,000 for Real Futures Foundation for the Speaking In Colour and Shine program.
  2. $10,000 for Warlga Ngurra Women's and Children's Refuge for the fit out of their program room.
  3. $5,000 for the Worimi Knowledgholders Aboriginal Corporation for further research and aboriginal liaison with Marine Parks.
  4. $4,000 for KU Peninsula Pre-school for cultural education in preschool and excursion to Murrook Cultural Centre.
  5. $4,400 for Youth Express Association Incorporated – Indigenous Advancement Strategy for STEAM Shack Quest workshop.
  6. $1,600 for Irrawang Public School for Sista Speak Dance group to participate in Hunter dance events.
  7. $5,000 for Karuah Public School for Aboriginal cultural garden an outdoor education space. 


$10,000 granted under the 2018-2019 Environmental Projects Fund – 355c Committee annual grant round

  1. $2,000 to Lemon Tree Passage Parks, Reserves and Landcare Group to protect littoral rainforest in Gibber Point Reserve Lemon Tree Passage.
  2. $2,000 to Mambo-Wanda Wetlands Reserves & Landcare Committee for Mambo Wanda Wetlands Educational Signage.
  3. $2,000 to Tilligerry Landcare Group for 2019 National Tree Day planting at Tilligerry Koala Forest.
  4. $2,000 to Tilligerry Landcare Group for the planting of Tilligerry Wildlife Corridor at Gula Park and the foreshore salt marsh.
  5. $2,000 to Soldiers Point Salamander Bay Reserves & Landcare for the revegetation of Wanda Wanda Head opposite 46 Randall Drive.

$3,640 for project applications under the 2018-2019 Environmental Projects Fund – Schools annual grant round:

  1. $500 to Iona Public School for a sensory garden.
  2. $400 to Irrawang Public School Preschool for the implementation of a school orchard.
  3. $740 to Medowie Christian School for their “Mushrooms for waste” project.
  4. $500 to Soldiers Point Public School for their frog pond upgrade and citrus garden.
  5. $500 to St Brigid's Parish School to build a “Secret Agent Worm Farm”.
  6. $500 to Tomaree Public School for the redevelopment of their school garden.
  7. $500 to Wallalong Preschool for their native stingless bee hive.


  1. $2,380 to Port Stephens Historical Society for the publishing of history books on Port Stephens.
  2. $2,000 to Hunter Barrington Congregation of the Free Presbyterian Church of Australia for the external painting of the manse.
  3. $2,000 to John Clarke (individual) for publishing a historical book about Fingal Island.

The project application made by John Clarke will go on public notice for 28 days. Should no submissions be made, council will adopt the recommendations for funding.