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Projects given green light, including streetscape improvements and erosion controls

An artist impression of streetscape improvements to Helensburgh

ALMOST $4 million in improvements to community amenities, pathways and facilities have been approved by Wollongong City Council on Monday night.

Of the Council meeting’s 25-item strong agenda, there were nine reports recommending the acceptance of a tender for projects as diverse as soccer club house repairs at Woonona and Bellambi, to erosion control measures on Sandon Point beach.

In addition to the tender works, Council also adopted the Helensburgh Town Centre Plan 2020-2025, the Helensburgh Streetscape Masterplan and noted the Helensburgh Town Centre Implementation Plan.

Helensburgh residents will see the implementation plan start to be rolled out early next year with the upgrade to the pedestrian crossing on Parkes Street to Charles Harper Park and adjacent businesses and the accessible crossings at all four edges of the roundabout now going into upcoming works schedules.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the Council is focussed on delivering improvements to the city’s well-used assets and community facilities.

“At this meeting alone, we said ‘yes’ to tenders worth more than $3.8million, and our community will see this work start as soon as possible,” he said.

“It’s important to highlight that in these tough, COVID-influenced times, we’re getting on with the business of improving spaces well-used and loved by our community and employing local businesses and contractors in the process.’’

The tenders accepted for northern suburbs projects included:

  • Bellambi Soccer Clubhouse, Elizabeth Park, and Woonona Soccer Clubhouse at Ocean Park – replacement of roof sheeting and associated works
  • Bulli Community Centre – new accessible toilet, access ramp, lighting, and internal and external painting works
  • Sandon Point Beach Access – replacement of existing formalised access stairs, installation of erosion control measures.
  • Guest Park, Fairy Meadow – refurbishment of the amenities

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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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