Residents encouraged to contribute to Helensburgh’s future through input on three strategic projects


WOLLONGONG City Council is calling for feedback about three strategic projects in Helensburgh – the proposed Town Centre Plan, the Streetscape Masterplan and a new library and community centre.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the Council has decided to combine the three opportunities to look at future considerations and actions for the city’s most northern suburb, with a population of about 7,100 people. Cr Brandbury said by engaging on the plans simultaneously, Council is able to streamline community engagement, and also develop phased plans that can be ready to roll in early 2021.

It’s not the first time Council has consulted on the Town Centre plan.

“Previously we have undertaken extensive consultation with the Helensburgh community, including school children, on a town centre plan and streetscape masterplan,” Cr Bradbery said.

“We have used online surveys and community workshops to find out more about what the community would like to see in the future. This information we collected has been used to influence the documents currently on exhibition.

“Now we are asking the broader community to visit our website and join the conversation on the proposed draft Town Centre Plan, the draft Streetscape Masterplan and what they would like to see included in a new, multi-purpose community facility.

“I encourage everyone who has an interest in the future of Helensburgh, and this might be local residents or those who visit the town centre for work, socialising or for shopping, to join in this phase of community engagement. It’s a way you can get involved in something that directly affects the Helensburgh community for years to come.’’

What’s on Exhibition

Draft Town Centre Plan: This sets out a vision and strategy for the town centre.

Draft Streetscape Masterplan: The main aims are to create and celebrate the village-like Helensburgh town centre and to create a low-speed environment that makes it friendly for pedestrians and cyclists. The streetscape masterplan outlines the connections character and meeting places that can be “built into” the centre. It also outlines the proposed extra trees and shrubs that can be planted.

Helensburgh Library Project Option: Council has begun the long-term project to construct a new and improved modern library and community centre in Helensburgh village centre. It is considering the option of integrating the community centre and library to create an integrated community hub, similar to the hub at Thirroul and is asking for ideas on the look and feel of a future library project.

Submissions on the three proposals close at COB on Monday 22 June. The best way to do this is through Council’s ‘Join the Conversation‘ webpage and take part in the surveys.




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About Mick Roberts

A 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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is 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 managed several community newspapers. He has been 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), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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