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Sustainability

Community

Contributing to the building of strong, inclusive communities that thrive for the long term

NSW Ports is a proud and active member of the local communities in which we operate. We partner with a range of local community clubs, councils and other organisations to improve the environment and promote sustainable outcomes for the people and businesses that live and work alongside our operations. Our community includes our residential neighbours, visitors, community organisations, local businesses and stakeholders.

8 not-for-profit groups supported
14 community liaison meetings held every year
Support a range of community partnerships & initiatives

Living Locally

Our port and rail operations at Port Botany, Port Kembla, Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre and Cooks River Intermodal Terminal operate within or nearby to urban areas in Sydney and Wollongong. Over one third of the 25,000 strong workforce at Port Botany live locally to the port, while at Port Kembla, 99% of the workforce live locally. As a result, NSW Ports is mindful of community amenity which is an integral part of our port planning and development.

Port Botany

Port Botany

Located in south eastern Sydney

Port Kembla

Port Kembla

Located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales

Enfield

Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre

Located in Sydney’s central west

Cooks River

Cooks River Intermodal Terminal

Located in Sydney’s inner west

Public Access Areas

While security and safety precautions prevent public access within our facilities, there are a number of areas with vantage points where you can view our port and intermodal operations, go 'ship spotting' or 'train spotting', discover the local heritage of the region, and find out how we are helping maintain the environment.

Please note to photograph our port or intermodal facilities, you will require a permit.

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These public access areas include:

Molineux Point Lookout

Molineux Point Lookout

Port Botany

Molineux Point Lookout marks the end of the Coastal Walk in Randwick. Located at the end of Prince of Wales Drive at Port Botany, it provides spectacular views of Botany Bay, including Yarra Bay, Sydney Airport, La Perouse and Kurnell. It is a popular destination for cyclists and walkers.

Port Kembla Heritage Park

Port Kembla Heritage Park

Port Kembla

The Port Kembla Heritage Park is located adjacent to the Eastern breakwater of Port Kembla harbour. It has a rich history of Aboriginal culture, military facilities and port operations. Enjoy the local interpretive display walk with views over the Five Islands to the east and the harbour, industry and the escarpment to the west.

Port Kembla Eastern Breakwater

Port Kembla Eastern Breakwater

Port Kembla

Open to the public between the hours of dawn and dusk, except in adverse weather conditions and during certain port operations and maintenance activities.

Enfield Intermodal Lookout

Enfield Intermodal Lookout

Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre

The Enfield Intermodal Lookout provides public access walkway and viewing areas in the southern precinct of the Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre. The lookout is designed to take visitors on a journey of the site's history, the local environment including insights into the rare frog species we maintain habitat for and current operations.

Community Engagement

Community and stakeholder engagement is an important part of NSW Ports' strategic thinking, operations and decision-making process.

We engage with our local communities through community consultation and liaison committees at Port Botany, Enfield and at Port Kembla. The purpose of these groups is to ensure ongoing collaboration between the port and intermodal operators and the surrounding residential and small business community.

Community consultation

Our community committees and liaison groups discuss port and intermodal operations and developments, share information on environmental improvement initiatives and discuss construction activities.

Community Partnerships

NSW Ports is an active partner and longtime supporter of many not-for-profit and grassroots organisations located within the reach of our assets.

Our community investment program is focused on building a better future by financing sustainable initiatives, educational initiatives, not-for-profit and club operations, education programs and much more. Through strategic investment we aim to help build strong and inclusive communities able to thrive over the long term.

How our support makes a difference

Conservation Volunteers

Conservation Volunteers

NSW Ports is a key supporter of Conservation Volunteers' 'Revive our Wetlands program', sponsoring environmental conservation and community engagement activities at Sir Joseph Banks Park, Botany for a term of three years, 2018 – 2021.

"Thanks to the ongoing support of NSW Ports, over 500 volunteers have been able to make considerable and sustained improvement to the biodiversity and ecological function of Sir Joseph Banks Park for the betterment of both the local community and environment. The project has been incredibly popular with volunteers and it has been very rewarding to witness the dramatic transformation of the site, from a weed-ridden landscape towards a vegetation community representing the once endemic and now critically endangered Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub."

David, Conservation Volunteers Australia (July 2020)

Permaculture Partners - Living Classroom Program

Permaculture Partners - Living Classroom Program

Permaculture Partners is a practical educational program to provide both primary and high school students with the skills and resources to construct 'living classrooms' in which organic food is grown, prepared and consumed. NSW Ports provides funding to resource the school gardens, which are on the doorstep of our Port Kembla operations.

Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club

Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club

Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club relies on volunteer members to join and undertake a range of awards and qualifications and carry out beach patrols during the summer. The club is also focused on educating children through the Nipper program. As a platinum sponsor of the club, our sponsorship funding goes towards club operations, the purchase of life saving boats, clothing and equipment, life rafts for use in state-wide competitions and more.

"NSW Ports partnership with Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club has enabled our members to receive the highest surf rescue training possible using modern capable surf equipment... a win for our club and the community, who we protect on our surf beach"

Danny, Club President (July 2020)

Mission to Seafarers

Mission to Seafarers

NSW Ports contributes annual donations to the Sydney Mission to Seafarers branch and the Port Kembla Mission to Seafarers branch. The money donated goes towards the running and servicing of mini buses to ferry seafarers to and from port where they can have access to hot meals, wifi and networking opportunities. We are proud to support this organisation which takes care of our visiting seafarer colleagues, who play a key role in the ongoing operation of global shipping supply chains.

Australian National Maritime Museum

Container - the box that changed the world

For a two year period from October 2017 - October 2019 NSW Ports partnered with the Australian National Maritime Museum to bring the exhibition "Container - the box that changed the world" to the community. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, six 20-foot shipping containers were on display in central Sydney and around regional New South Wales providing the community with an interactive means through which to learn all about shipping and ports. Housed entirely within the containers, the exhibition invited visitors to explore the technical, economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts of containerisation.

The exhibition made its way around regional New South Wales in 2019 and at the official opening in Wagga Wagga, NSW Ports CEO Marika Calfas said: "Containers connect us with global markets and support our lifestyles. They connect Wagga Wagga and the Riverina region with overseas export markets and bring overseas products destined for the region into the country."

The exhibition concluded in late 2019 and has since moved on to Western Australia.

Port Kembla Surf Life Saving Club

Port Kembla Surf Life Saving Club

In February 2020 we announced our ongoing commitment to supporting Port Kembla's volunteer surf lifesavers, with an extended contract that will take our long-term partnership with Port Kembla Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) to a milestone of 20 years.

"The funds provided by NSW Ports have allowed us to maintain a high level of surf rescue patrols at Port Kembla Beach and will assist in the future growth of our junior membership."

David, Club President (July 2020)

SIRRA

Southern Inland Rugby Referee Association

SIRRA is the referee association governing 80 referees and club volunteers in the Southern Inland area of NSW.

NSW Ports recently partnered with the Southern Inland Rugby Referees Association (SIRRA), supporting safe, fun and fair rugby competition in the Southern Inland region of New South Wales (NSW), one of the largest rugby regions in Australia. Our sponsorship provides funding for new referee kits across senior and junior competitions.

South Maroubra SLSC

South Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club

In December 2019 we announced a three year partnership with South Maroubra SLSC to support the club in keeping the community safe in the coastal areas surrounding Port Botany's operations. The funding is being put towards ongoing operations, training and equipment, including a brand new surf boat.

"NSW Ports has been a wonderful Corporate Sponsor that fits nicely into the Surf Life Saving space given we are a local aquatic based volunteer rescue organisation that encourages surf sports to enhance the rescue capability of our lifesavers. Funding provided by NSW Port is directed to a range of activities including helping to sustain our lifesaving presence on Maroubra Beach."

Paul, Club President (July 2020)

Clean Up Australia

Clean Up Australia Day

Each year the NSW Ports team coordinates a port wide clean up event as part of the Clean Up Australia Day initiative. We bring together colleagues from around the port to make a positive contribution to our surrounding environment.The annual World Environment Day Corporate Tree Planting Challenge is an initiative we participate in with a team of port colleagues at the Sir Joseph Banks Park nearby to Port Botany. In 2019, the Ports team planted 400 saplings in less than 2 hours beating our other corporate counterparts to the title.

World Environment Day

World Environment Day Corporate Tree Planting Challenge

The annual World Environment Day Corporate Tree Planting Challenge is an initiative we participate in with a team of port colleagues at the Sir Joseph Banks Park nearby to Port Botany. In 2019, the Ports team planted 400 saplings in less than 2 hours beating our other corporate counterparts to the title.

Sponsorship

We are committed to continue providing support to local clubs, organisations and initiatives which:

  • Enhance our catchment communities of Randwick, Bayside, Enfield, Strathfield, Port Kembla and surrounding areas and reflect community priorities
  • Are aligned with NSW Ports' vision and values. Read more
  • Provide an avenue for promoting a community wide understanding of NSW Ports, its role and contribution
  • Create opportunities for education, communication and community engagement 

How to apply

  • Applications for support are welcome via email to community@nswports.com.au and should explicitly provide details on how the initiative meets the above criteria.
  • In your application, please include a clear description of the organization/ program requiring funding including demographic information and targeted outcomes
  • Provide details of the target audience and how the organization/ program supports and makes a difference to the community.
  • Provide details of how we can work together to promote the partnership.

All applications are given due consideration and are assessed against our sponsorship criteria. This process can take a few weeks and our team will keep you informed regarding the progress of your application or to seek additional information, if required.