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Community Investment

For many years Orica at Botany has proudly supported projects and initiatives in the local community.  
We encourage applications aligned with the following community investment areas of focus:

  • Environment and sustainability
  • Education (particularly science education)
  • Community health and wellbeing  

Application Form

To apply you must complete the program application form  (PDF 1MB)and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements (included as the first page in the form).

2024 Application Timeframe

Timing for the application in 2023 is as follows:

  Applications advertised Applications close Applicants advised of assessment outcome
   13 March  29 May  Mid June

All applications will be reviewed by the Orica Botany Community Investment Plan assessment panel.                                                               IMG_4567.JPG

Orica Botany Community Investment Enquiries

For any questions please contact:

Orica Botany Community Relations & Office Assistant 

Tel. 02 9381-8115

[email protected]

 By Post 

Orica Botany Community Investment Program
Orica Australia Pty Ltd
16-20 Beauchamp Road 
Matraville NSW 2036

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Projects Supported by Orica Botany

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  • Windgap Foundation - Wellness and Fitness Program - $9,000 towards a twelve-week program tailored for participants to learn about mind body connection through a range of activities and knowledge on healthy eating.


  • Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation support for the Ngala Nanga Mai pARenT Program - $9,000 towards a weekly three-hour art workshop held at the La Perouse Aboriginal Community Health Centre. For information visit Sydney Childrens Hospital Network.


  • Banksmeadow Public School - $9,000 towards the purchase of laptops for students



Following feedback from community members of the Orica Botany Liaison Community (OBLC) recommending that Orica contribute to a positive lasting legacy for community members living close to the Botany Industrial Park, we have partnered with Bayside Council to support the enhancement and upgrade of Grace Campbell Reserve and adjoining land at Hillsdale.

Funding was contributed by the Orica Community Partnership Program and project suggestions were made by Randwick Council and Bayside Council and discussed at the OBLC meeting. We are proud to have supported Bayside Council with $230,000 over three years.  The Park Upgrade was completed in August 2020 with the construction of the new playground and green landscaping of the park. The official park open day took place in December with the Mayor of Bayside Council, officially opening the park.

The park upgrade has incorporated:  • Play equipment • Soft fall material • Seating • Improved disability access • Pathways • Bins • Drinking fountain • Bike parking • Planting  • Nature trails/adventure play • Shade sails






Grace Campbell was born in 1905 and lived most of her life in Mascot. She was extremely musical – a pianist and a soprano who regularly organised concerts and recitals in many different locations. Newspapers mention many such concerts during the 1920s, 1930 and 1940s. Often these were fundraising occasions for causes such as churches, charities and hospitals.

 She began working for Mascot Municipal Council (later amalgamated into Botany Council) in October 1941 as a typist and remained with Council as a clerk until 1972. She also served as the Minute Secretary at Council meetings for many years. She was well-known and respected in the local community and was an active member of many groups.  Grace was clearly a key figure in the local community.


  • Fighting Chance Australia (trading as Avenue) - $9,000 towards the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for support workers and participants to access community during COVID-19



  • Windgap Foundation - $4,400 for Mental Health First Aid Training for support workers
  • Pagewood Public School P&C Association - $4,600 towards STEM Resource and Training Dash & Dot Classroom PacksIMG_4053_resized.jpg
  • John Brotchie Nursery School - $4,500 for Young Einstein STEM projects for young learners
  • The Shepherd Centre - $4,500 for 'Talk Together' education group for parents of deaf children.


  • South Sydney High School - $9,000 towards the construction of an enclosed vegetable garden bed

  • Little Heroes Swim Academy "Botany Mad About Inclusion" swim program - $2,400 toward the hire of two lanes for two hours at Botany Aquatic Pool for children with special needs during school term 1   30 January - 13 April 2018

  • Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation - Aboriginal Youth Mental Health First Aid an allocation of $4,500 towards this activity to commence from 1 October 2018

  • Randwick Botany Little Athletics Centre - $4,500 towards New high jump mats for Little Athletics season October 2018 - March 2019


  • The Smith Family's "Learning for Life Student Sponsorships"  $8,496.00 for thirteen students on the Program living in or around Randwick and Bayside Local Government Areas

  • Banksmeadow Public School  (PDF 225KB)- $6,625.00 towards the cost of running a coding program for students from Kindergarten to Year 6










Past projects which have been supported by Orica at Botany also include:     

Community Outreach Projects for the Botany Groundwater Cleanup Project  between 2003-2011.

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Ronnie Harding Prize 

Orica annually awards two students graduating from the University of NSW's Master of Environmental Management with the best academic records. The $1,000 prize for each student is in recognition of UNSW's Dr Ronnie Harding's long standing voluntary contribution as Chair of the Community Liaison Committee (CLC) between 1996 and 2005.

The Ronnie Harding perpetual prize for graduates of 2022 was awarded in 2023 to Britanny Hannouch & Margarita Shirokova.                  Rosie_ ORICA HARDING PRIZE RECIPIENT PHOTO

 Year Students 
 2019  Alyssa Spencer & Kevin Rolph (graduated in 2018)
 2020  Rosie Lempriere & Taylor Coyne (graduated in 2019)
 2021  Nicole J Sahr & Glen Hawkins (graduated in 2020)
 2022 Laura Valerie Trueb & Jamie Thomas Patterson (graduated in 2021)
 2023   Britanny Hannouch & Margarita Shirokova (graduated in 2022)
 2024  TBA - (graduated in 2023)
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Past recipients of the Ronnie Harding Prize  

Simon John Nicholas James Keen-Yew Lee
Maggie Phang Thomas Belsham
Gabriela Guijarro Fuertes Lydia Harvey
Daniel Helm Deniz Ortac
Warwick Goodsell Nigel Dornan
Stewart Wallace Lorne Cousins
Lyndyl Greer Tawnee Hill
Anne Miller Jemma Southgate
Rachael Stewart-Rattray Simon Robertson
Tim Palmer Cameron Allen
Katherine Norris Michael Parks
Marisa Meizlish Kelly Ruth Bruce

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