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Helensburgh to get $1.6m facelift

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HELENSBURGH’S Town Centre will be given a boost after Wollongong City Council received a $1.6 million grant for its revitalisation.

The money, from the NSW Government’s Restart NSW – Resources for Regions fund, will support projects that deliver economic growth in mining-affected communities.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery thanked the NSW government for the grant.

“Our successful application included a suite of current and future projects for the town centre,” Cr Bradbery said.

The projects include:

  • upgrade of the Rex Jackson Oval car park
  • resurfacing of the Charles Harper Park car park
  • replacement of the playground at Charles Harper Park
  • streetscape upgrades on Parkes and Walker Streets
  • improvements to pedestrian crossing facilities on Parkes Street near the Walker Street intersection
  • construction of the Lilyvale/Walker Streets roundabout.

Council will contribute $1.36 million from its capital works budget for the projects, and Helensburgh’s Metropolitan Coal (Peabody) will contribute a further $180,000.

“All up, more than $3 million dollars will be spent on projects in Helensburgh,” Cr Bradbery said.

“This is terrific news as we have been consulting with the community on the Helensburgh Town Plan. This consultation will help inform the detail for these projects.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro congratulated Council on its funding win and thanked them for its commitment to road safety and improving the Helensburgh CBD.

“As well as improving safety on its streets, this funding will revitalise the Helensburgh CBD with amenities and infrastructure that will make everyday life much brighter and more convenient,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Mining makes a significant contribution to the NSW economy, supporting more than 100,000 jobs, but the benefits it brings can place extra pressure on infrastructure, such as wear and tear on roads.”

Member for Heathcote Lee Evans said: “Helensburgh residents have long discussed with me the need for upgrades to their local facilities. I am pleased Wollongong City Council has chosen to contribute to the State Government’s funding. I know the Helensburgh community will appreciate their fair share of infrastructure.”

For more information visit Council’s website.

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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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One thought on “Helensburgh to get $1.6m facelift

  1. With appropriate investment Helensburgh could become a tourist Mecca similar to Berry. If the streetscape was improved dramatically to reflect its past it could attract retailers, cafes and restaurateurs that would make it a real attraction. As the gateway to the Illawarra it ist close enough to attract the Sydney tourist. Wollongong council needs to look at the many towns in Europe as blue prints.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Nathan | June 20, 2019, 4:40 am

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