Woonona’s Ocean Park, Mailbag Hollow, or Bulli Park under consideration for new northern bike track

A DIRT bike track will be constructed in the Woonona Bulli area, with three sites under consideration by Wollongong City Council.

The two sites at Bulli under consideration are located at Mailbag Hollow (opposite Slacky Flat Park), and at Bulli Park, while a third is at Ocean Park Reserve, Woonona.

Also, Council is calling for feedback on concept designs for a bike track in Anama Street, Fairy Meadow.

Each dirt bike track will look different depending on the chosen location, but they all have some similarities. They will be designed to have features for both beginner and advanced bike riders.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said Council have learnt from a previous Figtree project that local knowledge is an invaluable resource.

“We want to hear from the families and young bike riders who know the area and can spot any potential problems before we start building the tracks,” Cr Bradbery said.

“This also means taking into consideration the impact bike tracks have on our natural environment. We live in a truly beautiful part of the world and our community values our natural spaces, parks and coastline.

“Illegal or homemade bike tracks can often cause a lot of damage to important ecosystems as people can accidently destroy native plants and cause erosion in the process of building the track. We’re seeing this taking place in natural areas like creek corridors and in bushland settings across the city and we don’t want our waterways silted up which then impacts aquatic creatures and bird life.

“By working together, we aim to legitimatise bike tracks by choosing locations that are suitable for all members of our community and do not negatively impact our environment. It’s a work in progress, and we value the input and support from our community as we work to expand this program to our other suburbs.”

The following is a more detailed description of the three sites under consideration:

  • Mailbag Hollow, Bulli – north eastern area towards Slacky Creek section of the park. The bike track would be built around existing trees in the area where bike activity currently occurs.
  • Bulli Park, Bulli – area in western section of park. The bike track would be constructed amongst existing trees in the park.
  • Ocean Park Reserve, Woonona – area south of Ocean Park. The bike track would be located south of Collins Creek between Carrington Street and the shared path.

Council is asking the community to help decide between the three locations. The final design for the bike track will depend on the site chosen, but the dirt track will be designed for different skill levels. Feedback closes Friday, October 15, 2021. Visit the Our Wollongong website to learn more.

The following is the proposal for Anama Street Reserve, Fairy Meadow:

A new bike track is planned on the existing reserve. Council is calling for feedback on a concept design which includes two tracks for the site — beginner and advanced tracks. Once Council have heard from the community, it will use the feedback to finalise the design. An online workshop, where families and young people can attend virtually to ask questions will be held on Thursday, October 7, 2021. Register to attend by visiting the Our Wollongong website. Feedback for the Anama Street Reserve Bike Track closes Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

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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 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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