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Grand Pacific Walk, not so ‘grand’, says Wombarra residents

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The Grand Pacific Walk at Wombarra need an urgent upgrade says residents

 

By MICK ROBERTS

Alexander Percival with his young family

Alexander Percival with his young family

RESIDENTS of Wombarra and Coledale are calling for an urgent upgrade of the deteriorating footpath along Lawrence Hargrave Drive, known as the Grand Pacific Walk.

Wombarra resident, Alexander Percival says sections of the boardwalk bridges have deteriorated to such an extent that holes have opened in the timber, posing a danger to pedestrians.

Mr Percival has two young children, and says his wife has great difficulties negotiating the uneven and cracked footpath surfaces with her pram, while dodging the openings that have appeared in the rotting timber on the boardwalk bridges.

“The wooden sections are the worst, with large holes,” he said.

“It appears single pieces are replaced over time, but never the whole thing. Mums with prams are often getting stuck.”

 

Mr Percival says the footpath has been in a bad condition since he moved to Wombarra two years ago.

“With the Grand Pacific Walk, it should be a priority to fix,” he said.

“The path should allow the public a safe and family friendly walking option, without holes, to continue through to Thirroul from Scarborough.”

A Wollongong City Council spokesperson said regular maintenance works are undertaken on the section of Grand Pacific Walk between Wombarra and Coledale.

“Sections of the walk around Coledale Public School have been re-asphalted in March and April and asphalting of sections between Wombarra and Coledale are currently underway,” the spokesperson said.

 

“Council crews plan to maintain the section from Wombarra cemetery to the roadway leading to Wombarra rock pool in coming weeks.”

The spokesman told The Bulli & Clifton Times that the Council has undertaken “temporary repairs” to the board walk just south of the Sea Cliff Bridge.

“Council is currently putting together a detailed design for the long term maintenance of this section of pathway,” he said.

The upgrade to sections of the Grand Pacific Walk at Austinmer and Clifton are scheduled in Council’s Draft four-year Infrastructure Delivery Program which will be considered by Council at its Extraordinary meeting on Monday, May 11.

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Residents are calling for an upgrade of the Grand Pacific Walk at Wombarra and Coledale


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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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