Council funds community led projects

Port Stephens FM is ‘On Air’.

AT its 28 November meeting, Port Stephens Council agreed to award a total of $32,492 to nine local organisations to support projects, activities and events that address community needs.

The Community Support Fund aims to build sustainable local communities and enhance the wellbeing and development of the Port Stephens community.

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Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer said the Community Funding Program is an important initiative of Council that provides funding assistance for key community projects.

“Council is dedicated to improving the wellbeing and liveability of our community by supporting initiatives that make a real difference.

“With two funding rounds offering a total of $70,000 to the community every year, the Community Support Fund continues to be a huge success,” Mayor Palmer said.

“Applicants can apply for a maximum of $6,000, allowing us to award funds to as many local organisations as possible – with nine awarded funds in this most recent round.

“I look forward to seeing the vision of these organisations unfold within the community as the projects get underway,” he added.

Port Stephens FM Radio was one recipient of the latest funding round, awarded $3000.

Phil Rosenberg, who serves as President of the Salamander Bay-based radio station, said the funds will enable the upgrade of two of the station’s computers.

“The new computers will contain the specially designed computer software that is necessary to provide better services.

“We’re a non-profit organisation, so 95 percent of our funding comes from advertising, with the remainder from small local donations.

“In addition to playing a variety of music from all genres, we regularly broadcast over 70 community service announcements such as the Westpac Helicopter Service or Men’s Shed organisations.”

Port Stephens FM and their 40 volunteers celebrated their 30th anniversary in April 2023.

Harvey Norman donated several items as raffle prizes on the day, helping to raise funds for the essential community service.

For more information about Council’s Community Funding Program, visit

By Simon EKINS

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