Orica Kooragang Island and the community

Community Investment & Sponsorship

Community Investment Program

Orica Kooragang Island is committed to playing an active part in our community supporting initiatives which bring benefit to the community.

The Orica Kooragang Island Community Investment Program aims to invest in causes, events and programs which reflect our vision and values.

Funds, with a maximum value of $10,000 per project, will be available twice annually on an application basis for projects, activities or events which meet one or more of the following objectives:

  • environment and sustainability
  • education and lifelong learning
  • strong communities

Applications will be reviewed by the Orica Kooragang Island Community Investment Program assessment panel three Orica employees and three representatives from the community nominated by Orica Kooragang Island.

Community Investments 2020

See how the latest Community Investment Program initiatives have made a difference in our community. Click here to view the full playlist.

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, SOUL cafe jumped into action to support and protect some of the most vulnerable members of the community. 
Variety The Children’s Charity 
Learn how the Variety Children’s Charity supported vulnerable children to continue their studies virtually during the pandemic.

Annual Application Schedule

Round 1, 2024 applications will open on 1 March 2024 and close on 31 March 2024.

Round 2, 2024 applications will open on 1 September 2024 and close on 30 September 2024.

Download the application form (PDF 347.5KB)

Download the application guidelines (PDF 166.7KB)

Assessment panel members

Julie Ainsworth

Julie is former General Manager of Newcastle Papers including the Newcastle Herald.


John Tate

John is the former Newcastle Lord Mayor and Chair of the Newcastle Community Consultative Committee on the Environment.


Bob Hawes

Bob is the CEO of the Hunter Business Chamber.

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Paul is Manufacturing Centre Manager of Orica Kooragang Island.


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Nicole Masson 

Nicole is Community Relations Specialist for Orica Kooragang Island.



Antony is Safety, Heath, Environment and Security Senior Manager for Orica Kooragang Island.



Orica Kooragang Island proudly invests in a number of community activities and events which reflect and support our vision and values.

In 2018 our corporate sponsorships have included:

  • Surfest - Orica Tag Team Challenge
  • Mentor Support Network
  • Stockton Surf Life Saving Club
  • HDCC Junior Tour
  • Harry's House Charity Ball
  • Museum Express

Applications for sponsorship must be made in writing and are assessed quarterly in January, April, July and October. Written applications must be received by the 15th of the assessment month to be considered in that quarter's round. If received after the 15th it will not be assessed until the following quarter. Community Investments are focussed in the Newcastle LGA, Fern Bay and Fullerton Cove.

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