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Woonona footpath to be repaired

THE footpath on Princes Highway between Popes Road and Nicholson Road in Woonona will be repaved after Wollongong City Council won a four percent interest subsidy on a $20 million loan.

The money will be used over five years to accelerate works on footpaths across the city. Council will seek the funds at a fixed rate through a financial services provider and under the Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme Council will receive the interest subsidy over the nine year period of the loan.

Besides Woonona, footpaths and shared paths to be constructed under the scheme include:

  • Reconstructing the eastern footpath along Kembla Street between Crown St and Burelli St, Wollongong
  • a new footpath along Abercrombie Street, West Wollongong
  • a new shared path on Murphy’s Avenue, Keiraville.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the renewal scheme funding will allow council to add a further 23 projects to the 2012/2013 program of works, totalling $4.6 million. In the 2013/2014 financial year the program will deliver 35 projects valued at $6.3 million.

“This is great incentive for community members to enjoy the great footpaths and cycleways in our city and get active,” 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 Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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