Special Business Rates

Special Business Rates (SBR) are collected for the promotion, beautification and development of the precincts of City Centre/Darby Street, Hamilton, Mayfield, New Lambton and Wallsend.

Recent Funding Opportunity - City Centre/Darby Street

Expressions of Interest (EOI) were sought for projects aimed at the promotion, beautification and development of the City Centre / Darby Street precinct.  Categories of focus are industry / business development, place activation / events, beautification / infrastructure development and promotion.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) have now closed

EOIs for the Special Business Rate - City Centre/Darby Street Program are now closed.  In the coming weeks all applications will be assessed against both eligibility and assessment criteria, with final decisions on funding made by the Assessment Panel.

It is anticipated that outcomes will be communicated to applicants by mid-September. Successful applications will be listed on the website once all applicants are notified and funding agreements finalised.

Please contact sbr@ncc.nsw.gov.au if you have further enquiries.

Previous Rounds

SBR funding for the suburban precincts of Hamilton / New Lambton / Wallsend has recently been completed. 

In 2019, 15 events and promotions shared in more than $820,000 in funding. In June 2020, CN convened an Ideas Exchange to share learnings and recommendations from the successful funding recipients. A brief synopsis of each successful project is available at the following (PDF). 

As a result of the Ideas Exchange, updates have been made to the 2020 SBR Guidelines.