Wollongong MP Paul Scully is "disappointed' he had to push to contribute to a review of a Port Kembla funding program.
For the past three years the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund has been allocating funding to a number of projects.
The fund - formed in the wake of the long-term lease of Port Kembla - has been set up to run for 99 years, with the framework of handing out $1 million a year.
In a budget estimates hearing for the Deputy Premier and regional NSW minister John Barilaro, Mr Scully found out there was a review of the PKCIF and that he had supplied feedback.
That surprised him as no-one had contacted him.
"I've only [last] week managed to secure a meeting with the reviewers, which required me asking the Deputy Premier to intervene to get that meeting," Mr Scully said.
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"I'm pretty disappointed that it's taken me this long to get a conversation with the reviewers. This is an important program for Port Kembla but I hope the review isn't completed and the conversation is after the fact."
A spokeswoman for Mr Barilaro said the government "routinely reviews funding programs to ensure taxpayer dollars are being effectively spent and outcomes meet community expectations".
"The recommendations of this review are currently being assessed and the community can expect updates in due course," the spokeswoman said.
Applications for last year's round of funding opened on September 12 and Mr Scully was concerned that the 2019 call still had not begun.
The spokeswoman did not state whether this year's funding round was delayed or would be skipped.
"There are community organisations and individuals who are keen to press ahead with projects and are waiting for the fund to open again," Mr Scully said.
"I would expect there would be a call for applications as quickly as possible. I would hope that by the end of the month we'd have a similar call for expressions of interest."
Mr Scully also hoped the criteria - which does not fund motor vehicles, among other items - would be relaxed as they have led to valuable projects in recent years being rejected.
"A group of organisations had clubbed together last year with a proposal for a community bus, but because all motor vehicles are out, that was simply ineligible."