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Coledale Beach to get facelift as part of Grand Pacific Walk project

Coledale Beach will get a facelift under the Grand Pacific Walk project

A 400-metre stretch on the beach side of Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Coledale is to be vastly improved for walking, running and cycling as part of the next phase of works on the Grand Pacific Walk.

The project includes the construction of a 400m length of shared pathway, and upgrade works to the existing car park overlooking the beachside camping reserve.

The new pathway will be wider and feature a viewing area, seating and picnic facilities, bins, a drinking fountain and water bottle refill station. There will be added plantings, safety fencing and the current stairs that lead to the beach from the car park will be rebuilt and new handrails installed.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said The Grand Pacific Walk is an ambitious project and the links that have been already delivered for the community have been so well received.

“I have no doubt that the news we’re improving this area with its existing narrow bitumen pathway will be welcomed by all those who already visit this space,” Cr Bradbery said.

“The teams will be working to minimise disruption and have purposefully opted to carry out these works over winter when there are less people using this popular area.’’

The Grand Pacific Walk is a pathway that’ll allow people to walk or ride along the coastline from the Royal National Park to Lake Illawarra.

The walk will link existing pathways with new links like at Coledale, as well as more recent projects including the section between Coalcliff and Stanwell Park.

With good weather, Council’s anticipating the new Coledale link and car park will be opened in spring.

Council is also working on plans for another leg of the Grand Pacific Walk for Clifton and it’s anticipated work here will start in early 2022.


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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 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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