NSW Ports has awarded a total of $150,000 in grants to support communities local to the company’s operations at Port Botany, Port Kembla, Cooks River and the Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre.

The Community Care Grants are going to 24 groups including the Northcott Society which helps empower people living with complex disabilities; Community Cancer Link, providing medical equipment enabling Illawarra nurses to meet the demand for delivery of at-home care for cancer patients; and Dress for Success, which empowers women to achieve economic independence.

In April, NSW Ports invited proposals for activities needing support across four areas: Education, the Environment, Community Participation and Wellbeing. One-off grants were on offer to support projects, services and initiatives that benefit our local communities.

NSW Ports CEO Marika Calfas said, “In our role as manager of NSW’s key trade gateways, NSW Ports plays a critical role in supporting the population, businesses and economy of New South Wales. It’s a privilege on behalf of the entire NSW Ports team to be supporting these groups in their mission to enhance community care. We look forward to sharing more about the achievements from these projects over the next 12 months.”

NSW Ports has been a long-standing supporter of local clubs and conservation groups, including Conservation Volunteers Australia, Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC), South Maroubra SLSC and Port Kembla SLSC.

NSW Ports also supports educational programs in the Port Botany and Port Kembla areas through partnerships with the Permaculture Partners – Living Classroom Program and The Marine Team, an in-schools educational program for primary school children.