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Coalcliff bus bay gets green light

WOLLONGONG City Council have approved tenders for infrastructure works across the local government area, worth a combined total of over $6.6 million.
The works includes the reburshment of Austinmer pool and a pedestrian refuge at Coalcliff.
Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery  said while it’s not unusual for Council to consider multiple tenders, it’s not often it had nine projects for consideration at the same time.
“This is a reflection of Council’s commitment to improving ageing infrastructure across the city, and providing new infrastructure to increase our community’s overall quality of life. We’ve been talking about improving the city’s assets for a while through the Securing Our Future project, and these nine projects demonstrate the types of things we want to be doing more of.
“These projects are all about making our area safer, whether that’s by helping people to cross roads and bridges more easily, or making recreation spaces like playgrounds, pools and beaches safer places for people to have fun.”
The tenders approved at the meeting include $729,342 on the construction of a bus bay, pedestrian refuge and pathway at Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Coalcliff.
This is part of the broader Grand Pacific Walk project. Roads & Maritime Services NSW is contributing $95,000 towards the cost of this facility for works completed in the current financial year.
Council have also given the green light for a $499,405 refurbishment of Austinmer Pool’s walls, as well as the renewal of hand railings and other fixtures.
This work is urgently required as the current walls are failing in some areas due to the pool’s age and harsh surf environment.
Work on all projects is due to start in the current financial year, with the bulk of work to continue in the 2014/15 financial year.
For further information call Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111.

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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