Everyone loves a good story

Amazing stories that warm the soul and gladden the heart. Stories set in familiar places that feel like home. Stories about wonderful people doing incredible things. Stories bursting with community and human kindness.

Three years of partnering with the quiet achievers of the Hunter Region as they go about making the world a better place for all sorts of people in all sorts of ways has opened our eyes and made us proud to contribute to their successes.

It’s why we are so proud to bring you Storylines. We think you’ll be amazed by the stories you’ll read.


Ways We've Made a Difference
DIVERSITY A resilient and sustainable society needs diversity to flourish. It’s why we’ve provided funding to deliver life-changing technology for people with cerebral palsy and provided training to adult mentors to enable them to support disadvantaged youth. We’ve also enabled the delivery of free mobile laundry services for friends in need and provided bi-lingual early learning programmes for refugee pre-schoolers. HEALTH In an ideal world, access to health is available to everyone. We’ve funded outreach mental health support for disadvantaged and homeless people, enabled the use of Big Data to improve health outcomes in our local region and funded a Child Life Therapist for childhood cancer patients at The John Hunter Children’s Hospital. Our employees have also helped raise funds for brain cancer research and domestic violence support services for local women. EDUCATION Education is key and we’ve provided COVID-19 support to Portside Schools to enable the swift change to online learning at the start of the pandemic, as well as funding for playground refurbishments and specialised speech pathology for K-2 students. We’ve also continued to fund the delivery of a world-first wellness programme targeting fathers as agents of change to improve their daughter’s physical and emotional health. ENVIRONMENT We’re committed to reducing our demand on the environment in which we operate. We have funded the creation of natural timber playgrounds and assisted with storm clean-up efforts that destroyed natural wildlife habitats. We’ve also helped to reduce food waste, one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases. For over a decade, our employees have also rolled up their sleeves to clean-up our local environment, removing more than 800kgs of rubbish from Throsby Creek. GENERAL COMMUNITY We’re proud to support the diversity of our city and its residents so our community support covers the spectrum! We provide support for events that add vibrancy such as the Newcastle Fringe Festival as well as support for vulnerable community members through the delivery of meals to homes, a comforting family room in the John Hunter Children’s Hospital and a Christmas lunch that brings joy and a sense of community to those in need. We’re also proud of Newcastle’s iconic beach and surf culture and we love being a part of it by supporting three of our local surf lifesaving clubs. YOUTH SPORT IN PORTSIDE SUBURBS Our Youth Sport funding is aimed at delivering benefits to the families of children and youth who participate in sporting activities in Portside Suburbs. It provides funding for enhanced facilities, as well as training and coaching for teams and volunteer officials. It is also used to overcome barriers to sport participation by subsidising costs associated with sports such as uniforms, equipment and community sport events that promote greater participation in sport and physical activity.
Our Community Partners
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Sustainable Development Goals
Port Waratah is committed to contributing to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the context of our own business and operational environment. But we also recognise that we can contribute indirectly through the value created by the partners we support via our Community Investment and Partnership Programme.
Our Community and Partnership Programme relationships from 2019 – 2021 were mapped against the SDGs and it was determined that our programme contributes to the SDG targets outlined below.
How To Apply

While community partnerships help deliver a sustainable future, they also provide immediate benefits to our communities. If you think you have a project, group or initiative that would fit our funding criteria we would love to hear from you. Check our Partnership Opportunities page to see if your application meets Port Waratah’s requirements and objectives.

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