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Bald Hill works continue

Earth works have begun where the old toilet block once stood on Bald Hill

Earth works have begun where the old toilet block once stood on Bald Hill

WORK on renewing Bald Hill reserve has reached another milestone with the completion of a new roundabout, parking for buses, refurbishment of one car park, changes to services, and an improved walkway.

Work on this stage was designed to be completed prior to the popular Sydney to ‘Gong Bike ride on Sunday November 1.

Following the charity ride, works on the next stage, which will see the installation of site services, a new sewage pumping station, a new plaza and footpaths, landscaping and street furniture, will be begun by Wollongong City Council. Stage two of the works on this iconic site to be completed in mid-2016.

All levels of Government are contributing to the $7.4 million Bald Hill reserve upgrade project:

  • The NSW Government has contributed $2.9 million from its Restart NSW Illawarra Infrastructure Fund
  • The Federal Government has contributed $1 million from the Roads to Recovery Funding program
  • Council will fund the balance from existing budgets.

State MO for Heathcote Lee Evans said this upgrade will make Bald Hill reserve more attractive to tourists.

“These works will improve the amenity of the area and increase the number of visitors to this beautiful site,” Mr Evans said.

Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery OAM said the works are designed to address the guiding principles from the community engagement.

“We have been working to improve safety for drivers and pedestrians at this wonderful site, keep the hill ‘Bald’, improve parking options for cars and buses, improve the ageing amenities and maintain the food offering on the site.

“When the works are complete there will be an additional coffee spot on site as well as better seating and a wider walkway to allow visitors to amble along the site and enjoy the views and the heritage features such as the Lawrence Hargrave memorial.”

Stage three of this project will see the amenities building rebuilt between June and late 2016.

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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