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Projects mapped-out in the north over 2023 include playgrounds, cycleways, beach car parks and continuation of the Grand Pacific Walk

Wollongong City Council road works at Otford

FROM footpath improvements to playground upgrades, road works, renovations of community buildings and planting more trees on public land, Wollongong City Council have literally mapped out its works plan for 2023 and it includes a number of significants projects in the northern suburbs.

The Council is encouraging residents to take a look at their online map of future works. The digital tool shows where and when it plans to start works on a number of different projects in the Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA).

Projects to be delivered over the next year include:

  • Upgrade roads, footpaths, shared paths, cycleways, and bridges.
  • Upgrade or replace playgrounds at Gymea Glades in Helensburgh, William Street Reserve and Gordon Hutton Park in Bulli, and Hicks Road Reserve in Thirroul.
  • Continue to work towards the delivery of the new Helensburgh Community Centre and Library.
  • Continued investment in flood and stormwater management, coastal asset protection, including mitigation works at six locations in the northern suburbs.
  • Replace and upgrade the kitchens in the Bulli Community Centre and Otford Community Centre.
  • Upgrade car parks including at Ocean Park in Woonona, Bulli Tourist Park and Corbett Avenue in Thirroul.
  • Maintain rock pools
  • Bellambi Boat Ramp amenities improvements
  • Pioneer Drive to Woonona Beach (Blue Lagoon) cycleway construction
  • Nicholson Park, Woonona upgrade
  • Fence around Ocean Park, Woonona
  • Ursula Road to Farrell Road, Bulli, cycleway construction
  • Reconstruction car park Shark Beach Coledale.
  • Jim Allen Oval, Wombarra, playground.
  • Grand Pacific Walk construction, Clifton.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said that Council was responsible for building and managing around $5 billion worth of infrastructure assets across the city.

“This includes footpaths, cycleways, shared paths, local roads, public pools, stormwater pipes, picnic shelters, playgrounds, libraries, and community centres,” Cr Bradbery said.

“With such a broad portfolio of assets under our belt, we need to be strategic on when and where we priorities upgrades so that we can be sure we’re using our community’s money wisely and completing work in a timely manner.”

Wollongong City Council general manager, Greg Doyle said there’s lots planned for this financial year and next financial year, and you will continue to see the Council fluoro out and about as staff complete a range of different projects.

“We plan our projects ahead of time, and you can see what’s scheduled in your community by jumping onto Council’s website or reading our infrastructure Delivery Program 2022-2023. We’ve organised upcoming projects on our website by category and suburb so that you can explore future works based on your interests,” he said.

For more information visit Council’s Future Works and Projects webpage.


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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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