Special Business Rates Program

The Special Business Rates (SBR) program is a funding pool available for the local business community to directly run creative projects aimed at promoting, beautifying and developing Newcastle's business precincts, and to assist in the recovery of our local economy.

Special Business Rates (SBR) are collected from businesses in Newcastle City Centre / Darby Street, Hamilton, Mayfield, New Lambton and Wallsend. Annual funding for the most creative and innovative project proposals is distributed through a competitive application process. Successful SBR projects for this year's City / Darby Street, Hamilton and Wallsend precincts have been announced, with close to $900,000 in funding provided for targeted business development and promotion initiatives. Visit the main webpage here for more information on City of Newcastle's SBR program.