Sharon Bird today visited Coniston Public School to announce $146,737 in funding under Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Programme.

Coniston Public School will receive $10,000 to help build an outdoor community kitchen. The kitchen will be built within the school’s permaculture garden to enable different cultural groups to share traditions, cook food and teach recipes. The total cost of the kitchen is $30,000.

Sharon Bird said the funding would help local groups to fund the projects they need to continue to deliver services to the community.

“This funding can be used for things like the Helensburgh Tennis Cub’s refurbishments to bring it up to building standards to projects like to the WEA’s funding to help deliver digital training programs.

“Funding for small projects such as refurbishment of facilities or the provision of fans for workers at Greenacres can make a huge difference for community groups and help them to provide better services.

“It is an absolute pleasure to be here with Principal Karen Brown and representatives from the P&C, led by Kate Perini, today to see their innovative plans for a community kitchen to embrace the multicultural community here at Coniston Public School. I know the students will enjoy growing and producing their own food while learning about different cultures and traditions.

More information on the Stronger Communities Programme can be found here.

Attachment A – List of community groups and project details.



Project Amount

Grant Amount

Helensburgh & District Citizens Tennis Club Inc

Refurbishment of Club House



Workers' Educational Association Illawarra

Upgrade of IT training facilities



Wollongong Emergency Family Housing Inc

Glider Transport Project



Big Fat Smile Group Ltd

Promoting Exercise and Outdoor Play at Warrawong Community Preschool



The Disability Trust

Building Experiences Using a VR Sensory Room



Greenacres Disability Services

Installation of Cooling Fans for Supported Employees



Towradgi Surf Lifesaving Club Inc

Clubhouse Access Project - Eaves Reduction



Woonona Shamrocks Rugby Club Inc

Resurfacing of Ocean Park Rugby Field



ItSoWel - Italian Social Welfare Organisation of Wollongong

Cool room and Community Facility



Polish Association in Wollongong

Kitchen Renovation and Community Garden



Woonona East P&C Association

Woonona East Public School Nature Playground



Coniston Public School P&C Association

Coniston Community Outdoor Kitchen



The Trustee for The Salvation Army (NSW) Property Trust

Accessible Toilet



Illawarra United Representative Football Club (Illawarra Stingrays Womens Representative   Football Club)

Portable Aluminium Goals Posts



Coalcliff Surf Life Saving Club

Coalcliff SLSC Surf Rescue Equipment - All Terrain Vehicle



Mt Keira Demonstration Primary School P&C Association

Sustainability Resource Management Growing and Recycling