Council calls for feedback on planning controls for Wilga Street precinct

PLANNING controls proposed by Wollongong City Council aims to create a vibrant and flexible mixed-use precinct in Corrimal.

The surrounding community is invited to share what they think about the Wilga Street Block and surrounding area until September 14. The block of land is bounded by Wilga Street, Collins Street, the Princes Highway and Corrimal Memorial Park.

Council is asking for community feedback on planning controls in the area.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said planning controls are one way that Council can proactively encourage a vibrant and flexible mixed-use precinct that supports the needs of the community.

“The aim of this investigation is to find out what changes and innovative approaches could breathe new life into the Wilga Street Block in Corrimal,” Cr Bradbery said.

“We have a lot of good information about what might work through testing a mix of uses, building types, building sizes, and transport and pedestrian connections. But now we want to check in with the residents and visitors to the area who have firsthand knowledge of the area to understand what they imagine the Wilga Street Block could look like in the future.

The Wilga Street Block project aims to strengthen this and add value to the community through its connections to the existing Town Centre through its walkability, location and proximity to the Corrimal Memorial Park, Sports Fields and Tennis Courts.

“The Wilga Street project has the potential to deliver a high-quality outcome that supports the changing needs of our community and adds value to the Town Centre,” Cr Bradbery said.

“To get this right we need the support of our community. I encourage all Corrimal residents to take a look at the information provided and share your thoughts on this project now while we’re in the idea generation stage”

Visit the Our Wollongong website to find out more and complete the online survey. All feedback is due by September 14 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 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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