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Shared walkway to link Royal National Park and Lake Illawarra

A PLAN is underway to create a shared pathway, dubbed the Grand Pacific Walk to link the Royal National Park at Otford to Lake Illawarra.

In 2012/2013 the Grand Pacific Walk program will look at two major components. The first, is the overall master plan for the walk and the second is the plan, and start of construction for the first stage near Coalcliff’s Stoney Creek Bridge.

The long term project will be designed to showcase the region’s natural features including the escarpment and the sea, be an asset for our community and enjoyed by locals and visitors.

Next week Wollongong City Council will hold the first of a series of information sessions and kiosks. These will provide more detail of what the Grand Pacific Walk could involve. The community is encouraged to attend these sessions and kiosks, and share their thoughts on what they think will work, and what things we might want to consider.

The information sessions are on:
Wednesday February 13, 6-8pm, Coalcliff Community Hall
Wednesday February 20, 6-8pm, Stanwell Park CWA
Sunday February 24, 11am-1pm, Coledale Markets
Tuesday February 26, 6-8pm, Thirroul Community Centre
Saturday March 2, 10am-12 noon, Windang – Judbooley Parade
Sunday March 3, 11am-1pm, next to North Beach Bathers Pavilion

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the Grand Pacific Walk is an exciting project, and one that is directly linked to Wollongong 2022: Community Strategic Plans.

“How fantastic would it be to be able to ride your bike or walk from the Royal National Park to Lake Illawarra, or push a pram along a shared pathway between some of the villages in our northern suburbs, or walk past the port and its industrial landscape? I’m keen for everyone to find out about the plans,’’ Cr Bradbery said.

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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