SINCE the adoption of Wollongong City Council’s Delivery Program 2018-2022 and Operational Plan 2020-2021 in June, work has got underway ticking off the $800 million infrastructure ‘to-do list’.
Wollongong Acting Lord Mayor Tania Brown said at the last meeting of Council close to $4 million in tenders for a range of projects was given the green light.
“We can’t underestimate how important these steps are for the local community,” Cr Brown said.
“We’re seeing investment in sporting facilities, we’re seeing improvements to footpaths and cycleways, and we’re seeing projects – like the work on Towradgi Rock Pool – completed.
“Each of these projects are important on their own but, when you look at the big picture, it’s seeing Council follow through on the commitment that we’re ensuring our local government area is a place to live, a place where you can find work and a place where you can enjoy your downtime with family and friends.”
Cr Brown said this while 2020 has been a challenging year for many, it has also provided an opportunity for people to look at where they live through a different lens.
“COVID-19 has provided an unexpected opportunity for many of us – we’ve had more time at home and in our local area,’’ she said.
“Our parks and beaches have never been more popular with people seeking green spaces to relax and exercise, and many of us know people who have invested in a COVID-bike.
“We need to respond to this increased usage by ensuring these parks, beaches and shared pathways are able to meet this need.’’
Cr Brown said while Council had invested considerably in this space, additional funding from the State or Federal Government would be welcomed.
“What we’re doing has real community value – not only for access to space and providing an alternative destination for holiday-makers who are not able to travel this summer – but we’re supporting local jobs through the delivery of this work,” she said.
“To see Council’s hard work, focus and commitment recognised with additional funding would be a wonderful acknowledgement.’’
Cr Brown said Council would continue to build on the delivery of key infrastructure projects over the coming months.
“I know people in our northern suburbs will be pleased to note that things are really moving forward on Austinmer Beach Pavilion with the project on schedule to re-open before Christmas.
“This is a cherished spot for the local community, and a loved destination for daytrippers from outside the area. Improvements to this location can only benefit everyone – especially with the additional accessibility improvements in this building.
“What we’re looking at now, are how we can fund additional shared pathway works in this area that can help take pressure of Lawrence Hargrave Drive by providing a safe, alternative way to move about in some geographically challenging locations.”
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