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Wollongong City Council

Communities connected through grants

Wednesday 5 February 2020

Connecting Neighbour Grant recipients 2019

Community gardens, a street barbecue, a sports day and a laneway party are among the activities funded under Wollongong City Council’s Connecting Neighbours Grants.

Now in its third round, the grants program aims to strengthen and celebrate neighbourhoods at the grass roots level, creating connections and building strong communities.

The 11 successful 2019-2020 grant recipients, endorsed by Council on Monday 3 February, all proposed projects to make a positive impact in their local area.

One community group will offer a day when neighbours can gather to learn more about Iran and Persian culture. Another group will hold a community barbecue in a local park to encourage new residents, families and older residents to meet, have a chat and to share information on their neighbourhood.

Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said the grants will help neighbours enjoy communal activities and make lasting friendships.

“From building a verge garden to holding a community picnic to discuss sustainability, these grant projects will encourage people to get together with their neighbours, and perhaps talk to someone from a different background.

“They are also an important opportunity for older residents to get out and meet new families and other residents,” Cr Bradbery said.

Successful Connecting Neighbours Grants for 2019-2020 are:


Project Title


Up to $250

Do Drop In



Persian Hub



Hall Park Community BBQ

Fairy Meadow


Bond Street Verge Garden



Wollongong Community Meet and Greet BBQ


Up to $1,000

Farrell Gardens Social Inclusion Program



Grow Together Garden



Bulli Zero Waste Community Picnic



Russell Vale Community Sports Days

Russell Vale


Port Kembla Food Forest Laneway Party

Port Kembla


Friendship and Fun


You can find more information about the Grants here.