Port of Newcastle is offering sponsorships worth up to $6,000 for local sustainability initiatives that lead to lasting social and environmental benefits. 

Port of Newcastle CEO Craig Carmody said the organisation was proud to play a major role in the NSW economy and to contribute to local and regional sustainability initiatives such as through the Community Sponsorship Program.

“Sustainability is at the core of the Port’s business strategy and culture,” Mr Carmody said.

“As well as embedding sustainability principles across our operations, the Port’s focus is on diversifying trade and the regional economy, improving the efficiency of existing supply chains, supporting the global transition to renewable energy and fostering community partnerships that support these objectives.”

Angie Francisco, the Port’s Communications and Community Relations Manager, said the Community Sponsorship Program was open to eligible organisations, groups and charities that focused on adding value to the Newcastle area.

“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,” Ms Francisco said.

“The Contribution Fund, administered by the New South Wales Government, supports the development of community infrastructure. Port of Newcastle’s Sponsorship Program adds further local value by helping to deliver projects that give rise to thriving, prosperous communities for generations to come.

“Priority will be given to activities that deliver measurable environmental benefits, support student engagement in STEM-related career pathways, or empower women within the workforce particularly in STEM and leadership roles.”

Ms Francisco said the Community Sponsorship Program was part of the Port’s commitment to enhancing its contribution to the social, economic and environmental outcomes for the Hunter Region and NSW.

Visit portofnewcastle.com.au/sponsorship and lodge an application by Friday 6 March 2020.

Port of Newcastle

Port of Newcastle is a major Australian trade gateway handling 4,600 ship movements and 171 million tonnes of cargo each year. With its annual trade worth about $25 billion to the New South Wales economy, the Port enables businesses across the state to successfully compete in international markets. With a deepwater shipping channel operating at 50% of its capacity, significant port land available and enviable access to national rail and road infrastructure, Port of Newcastle is positioned to further underpin the prosperity of the Hunter, NSW and Australia. As custodians of the region’s critical asset, Port of Newcastle is diversifying its trade as it strives to create a safe, sustainable and environmentally and socially responsible Port that realises its potential.

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