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Port of Newcastle has announced the outcome of its 2020 sponsorship program, with 12 local organisations receiving much needed funding and in-kind support.

The annual 2020 Sponsorship Program is a key component of the Port’s commitment to sustainability and being an active contributor to its local community. 

Funding offered through the Community Sponsorship Program is in addition to the $1 million the Port provides annually through the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund, which is administered by the NSW Government. 

Port of Newcastle’s Communications and Community Relations Manager Sarah Kiely said sustainability was at the core of the Port’s business strategy and culture. 

“The ‘Your port, our community’ commitment is about ensuring the port and the communities surrounding it continue to thrive for generations to come,” Ms Kiely said. 

“This round we were looking for projects that engaged the community with the harbour and the environmental wellbeing of its surrounds. Once again, we have uncovered a wide cross-section of causes and initiatives that are delivering exceptional value to our local community.” 

The 12 organisations being supported through the program are: 

  • Centre for Hope – ‘Leadership Velocity’ coaching program for senior high school students 
  • Curious Legends – online theatre and performing arts video broadcasts for children 
  • Hunter Hurricanes – 2021 Australian Water Polo League round to be held at Queens Wharf 
  • PitchX 2021 – support towards an augmented reality (AR) experience 
  • Newcastle Rowing Club – course survey for the annual regatta 
  • The Newcastle Show 2021 – naming rights of the STEM education area 
  • Newcastle University Women in Engineering – annual Cocktail Connections event 
  • Plastic Police – production of a series of waste education videos 
  • Stockton Surf Lifesaving Club – purpose-built trailer 
  • University of NSW (Water Research Centre) – ongoing support for the migratory shorebird habitat project
  • Croatian Wickham Sports Club – solar panels in partnership with Climate Action Newcastle 
  • Zara’s House Refugee Women and Children’s Centre – ‘Flourish in Newcastle Program’ 
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