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Discover and have your say on Council plans in your neighbourhood with interactive map

Council are planning access ramps to Austinmer Beach

AN interactive mapping tool that allows you to see what’s planned for your street, suburb and city, is one of the key features of Wollongong City Council’s community engagement on the Delivery Program 2018-2022 and draft Operational Plan 2021-2022.

While the detailed documents are available on Council’s website, Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said a searchable function has also been provided online that makes it easy to see what will affect your community.

“The Delivery Program 2018-2022 and the draft Operational Plan 2021-2022 are big documents that contain a wealth of information about what Council is planning to deliver on behalf of our community moving forward,” he said.

“What I like about this mapping tool is that it allows you to move about virtually and dig down into the detail. It’s a great way to learn more about what Council is proposing to improve in your street and suburb. There is everything from playground reconstructions to sportsfield lighting projects and works planned for community buildings.”

Over the past few weeks, Council has been out in the community seeking feedback on the annual planning documents. The feedback, which closes on Thursday May 20, will be reviewed, prioritised against other projects, and any recommended changes to the plans will be presented to Council for adoption before the end of the financial year.

“When we endorsed these documents for exhibition my fellow Councillors and I made it clear – community feedback is important and essential in our decision making processes,” Cr Bradbery said.

“We have been through a rigorous planning process to prioritise our community’s needs for the years ahead and that is shown through these plans. They set out how we’re investing in community facilities, events and other programming as well as how we will maintain our essential assets like roads, pathways and rock pools.

“These are documents prepared on behalf of our community and that’s why we want to hear from our residents about what’s within them. I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to have a read and to make a submission that will be acknowledged. These documents are our guide to our collective goal of a better city for everyone.”

Below is a selection of some of the projects Council is looking to construct in the next 12 months. Full details, including which roads are earmarked for renewal, are listed in the draft Infrastructure Delivery Program 2021-2022 to 2024-2025.

Spaces & places for the community:

  • Nine playground replacements at suburbs including Clifton and Russell Vale
  • A new roof for Bulli Seniors Centre & the Bulli Rural Fire Service building
  • New kitchen for Corrimal Preschool
  • An access upgrade for Otford Rural Fire Service
  • New beach access ramps at Austinmer beach
  • Helensburgh Pool filtration and treatment system replacement
  • Bellambi Boat ramp amenities replacement

Getting around:

  • Committing an extra $300,000p.a. for pedestrian crossing facilities
  • Spending $2M on safety improvements around 84 schools over the next four years
  • Renewal of 43 roads across the city
  • 12 new or renewed cycle/shared paths in areas including Bulli and Towradgi
  • 41 new and renewed footpaths across the city including in Stanwell Park, Russell Vale and Fairy Meadow
  • Six new or renewed car parks including at Sandon Point, Bulli.

The major projects:

  • Continued work on the Grand Pacific Walk
  • Continued work on Community Centre and Library for Helensburgh
  • Rollout of Cycling Strategy 2030
  • Planning and preparation for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships

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