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July Neighbourhood Forum Briefs

OTFORD: Children will continue to walk on the road between Otford Railway Bridge and the bus stop on Domville Road after Wollongong City Council rejected calls from NF1 to construct a footpath. Council said the site is not included on the priority list and there is no budget allocation for the estimated $95,000 cost needed to construct a path. The path cannot be constructed until the rail bridge is replaced and land is acquired to allow a path to continue along the northern side of Otford Road, says Council. Council added that the site will be considered for inclusion on the next priority list.

HELENSBURGH: A request from NF1 for Council to consider an environmentally sensitive waste transfer station at Helensburgh in light of the closure of the local tip has also been rejected. Council said a suitable waste transfer station, other than the current waste depot site, provided for the northern suburbs has been investigated previously in July 2011. A property of 1.25ha in size and zoned IN2 (permit waste or resource management) were minimum requirements. No suitable properties could be identified, says Council.

WOMBARRA: A council officer will inspect the footpath on Lawrence Hargrave Drive near Denmark Street after NF2 raised concern over the need for maintenance and repairs. Council will place the footpath on the 2012/13 scheduled maintenance program.

THIRROUL: A request from NF3 for Council to have arrows indicating entry and exit into the Thirroul Railway Station car park near Gibson Park has been rejected. Council said the car park, on the eastern side of the station, is located on State Government land and there are no plans for any line marking in the area. The car park is small and accommodates less than 30 cars and additional line marking by RailCorp is probably unnecessary, Council said.

CORRIMAL: Council Officers have attended a site meeting at Ziems Park to discuss traffic and rubbish dumping issues after a request from NF4. The Corrimal cricket and rugby league clubs want Council to take action to undertake a risk assessment on the site and meet with Ziems Park users to discuss concerns.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local 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 the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW 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 authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated 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 Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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