New footpaths for Woonona and Thirroul

FINANCIAL assistance under the Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme (LIRS) will enable Wollongong City Council to reconstruct footpaths on the Princes Highway at Woonona, and new paving at Seafoam Avenue Thirroul.

Deputy Lord Mayor David Brown said it was a pleasure to accept the LIRS grant from the Minister for the Illawarra, Mr Greg Pearce.

“Council welcomes the four per cent interest subsidy from the State Government, which will enable Council to take out a $20 million loan to fund much needed footpath and cycleway works. Council will provide an additional $18.5 million towards the five year program, with $1.75 million of LIRS funded projects included in Council’s 2012/2013 works program.

Under the program $100,000 will be allocated towards rebuilding the footpath along the western side of the Princes Highway between the driveway into McDonalds Restaurant at Woonona and Magnolia Green Residential Estate. Also, $330,000 will be spent on new full width pavers on the western side of the Princes Highway from Popes Lane to Nicholson Road, near the Woonona Bulli RSL Club.

Residents in Seafoam Avenue THirroul will have $150,000 spent on a new footpath between Church Street and Coast Road.

“The interest subsidy will enable Council to accelerate the renewal of footpaths and cycleways, as well as the construction of missing links in the footpath network across the city by taking out a loan to almost double the amount available for the works over the next five years. This will help us move towards living in a sustainable and healthy city as it becomes more walkable,” Cr Brown said.

“A walkable city is also a safer city as more people are outside taking a stroll or walking the dog or enjoying the beautiful environment we have in our city.”

Council applied for funding based on a $38.5 million program of works that will be constructed over five years with the loan being paid back over 10 years.


About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


One thought on “New footpaths for Woonona and Thirroul

  1. Bulli Times: This is really annoying. There is already a existing footpath in Woonona and last time Council ‘fixed’ it they pulled out all the beautiful big roadside trees and replanted twigs that died. Yet Point St Bulli has no footpath but is used as a truck freeway to the back road.
    Stockland was told by the LEC court to put in three roundabouts and a footpath in 2001 but 11 years later there is nothing and they will never build them. Pedestrians have to walk on the road and are in danger of being run over. Why does council rebuild existing footpaths instead of building where they are needed?


    Posted by Jill Walker | July 18, 2012, 6:04 am

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