Neighbourhood Forums, News

August Neighbourhood Forum Briefs

Thirroul: Concern over the health of the Norfolk Island Pines at Thirroul Beach was raised at the Neighbourhood Forum 3 meeting in August and a request made to investigate mean to protect the trees by moving the parking bays to the opposite side of the car park. The relocation of the parking bays would reduce soil compaction from pedestrian traffic, which is leading to a reduction in the health of the trees, the Forum heard. A Council officer inspected the area and agrees with the concerns. In the past the area of concern has been top dressed and re-turfed, but because of the heavy foot traffic the solution did not work. Council’s infrastructure department is investigating a possible remedy and looking into funding.

Bulli: Council has concerns over traffic management around the proposed residential development earmarked for the old Bulli Brickworks site, Area 3 Neighbourhood Forums has been told. Council has contacted Village Building Company seeking additional information on a “significant number of outstanding issues”, including:

1. The construction of a roundabout and the impact on the existing car parking area next to the Bulli Showground. This will result in the loss of public parking spaces currently used by the showground and the tennis centre. In addition, the roundabout would impact on the existing access/drop-off/pick-up area for the tennis centre (at the northwest of the tennis centre site). Retaining this access so close to the roundabout will not be supported by Council.

2. Based on the expected daily traffic flows, two roads do not comply with Council’s traffic management policy.

3. The Traffic Report submitted as part of the development application fails to provide detail in relation to footways.

4. Concern over the width of some of the roads within the development.

Council has told Neighbourhood Forum 3 that given the complexity of the issues raised, the applicant has sought an extension of time in which to respond to Council’s concerns.

Woonona: An anti-vandalism sign will be placed at Woonona once Neighbourhood Forum 3 identifies a preferred location.

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.


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