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The Revitalising Wollongong City Centre Plan (2006) sets a 25 year strategic framework for the city centre to grow into a prosperous, vibrant and attractive regional city. The plan presents an exciting vision for the city centre. The vision is:

“As a regional city for the Illawarra, Wollongong will be a vibrant centre for jobs, key regional services, cultural activity, entertainment and tourism. Jobs will focus on high growth industries that build the city’s strengths in business services, health, education, retail, tourism and cultural activities.”

The city centre foreshore is highlighted as a critical component of that vision and the plan identifies redevelopment of the city foreshore as one of eight civic improvement projects that present major opportunities to achieve the vision for the growth, revitalisation and development of the city centre.

“The foreshore will be a significant destination where locals and tourists celebrate the beautiful natural environment and the heritage port. Pedestrian promenades, cycleways, foreshore parks, outdoor cafes and entertainment facilities will be developed to increase foreshore use and visitation.”

The Blue Mile Master Plan, developed in consultation with local residents, proposes a range of foreshore improvements to the stretch of harbour between Stuart Park and the Wollongong Golf Club.

Vision

The Blue Mile will become a high quality, popular and beautiful open space area that links the city centre to its magnificent foreshore, and provides a substantially enhanced amenity for residents and visitors.

The principal objectives articulate the guiding vision above.

  • establish high quality open space
  • improve pedestrian / cycle access to and along the foreshore
  • provide high quality facilities of distinctive local design that respond to and enhance the unique natural environment
  • provide a range of facilities for families, visitors and local residents
  • ensure design proposals maximise the safety of visitors
  • improve vehicular access and parking opportunities
  • integrate public art into design proposals.

Blue Mile Masterplan

  
  
  
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Current Works

Picnic Shelters J P Galvin Park Renewal

The existing two barbeque shelters and five picnic shelters will be renewed within the 2015-16 financial year.  The seven shelters are to be renewed with the provision of more seating and high quality facilities for this popular picnic spot. In addition to the increased seating we are taking the opportunity to provide an equal access pathway to the northern shelters as part of these of works.

Pedestrian Boardwalk Stuart Park

The new pedestrian boardwalk is to improve access from George Hanley Drive to the recently refurbished regional playground. We'll advise dates for this work when they've been confirmed.

Tramway

Design for the important and popular link between the cutting to the south of the North Beach Bathers Pavilion and the Continental Pool is currently underway. The design includes the installation of a new sea wall and footpath widening. Community consultation on the project is due to commence in the middle of 2016.

North Wollongong Surf Club Car Park Replacement

Designs have been completed for the upgrade of the area in front of the North Wollongong Surf Club. The upgrade will include the removal of the existing off street parking, creation of a widened paved area to create an entry feature into the North Wollongong Beach Area, widening of the existing shared path to the north to 4m wide, and additional on-street parking to offset the removal of the existing car park. Works are expected to start in mid 2016 and take three months to complete.   

J P Galvin Park Footpath – Construction Underway

Works have commenced on the footpath linking the existing shared path to The Lagoon restaurant. Once complete the path will improve pedestrian safety by providing them with an alternative to walking along the road edge. The path is anticipated to be completed in April 2016.

 

 

Completed Projects

October 2015



Stage Two of Heritage Walk at Flagstaff Hill
Stage two of the Heritage Walk at Flagstaff Hill (pictured above) was officially opened on 30 October 2015. The works located on the north side of Endeavour Drive included the replacement of the existing pathway with a 3m wide promenade with new handrails adjacent to the top of the harbour’s heritage sandstone retaining wall. In addition new lighting, furniture, viewing areas and interpretive artwork reflecting the rich history of the area was incorporated. 


July 2015

​Stuart Park Playground Upgrade
This popular regional playground was upgraded with the addition of some exciting new equipment including a large tower with slides, all ability access and play options, children’s artwork, a shaded boardwalk and picnic/BBQ facilities.


September 2012

North Beach Bathers Pavilion Reopening

The refurbished Bathers Pavilion was officially opened on 30 September 2012 by Lord Mayor Cr Gordon Bradbery OAM. The day included a community celebration in the precinct around the Pavilion.

The renovation of the Bathers Pavilion included the addition of new public amenities and a café, extensive building repairs, construction of substantial retaining walls and broad promenades, as well as landscaping and coastal protection works.


July 2011

Stage One of the Blue Mile Heritage Walk

Stage One of the Blue Mile Heritage Walk from the completed harbour works at Brighton Lawn p to Flagstaff Hill was completed. This work improved community accessibility and included a 3 m wide footpath, balustrade railing, improved lighting and landscaping.

This stage of work was funded from Council’s capital budget and  $200,000 from the Australian Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program. ​


September 2010

Opening of East Side of Cliff Road Footpath Stage Two

The upgrade of the east side of Cliff Road between Georges place (above the Continental pool) to North Beach was completed between February 2010 and September 2010. The upgrades included a new wider footpath, high-quality fencing, improved lighting and new stairs accessing Battery Park.

The improvements also provide additional viewing locations for community events such as Australia Day in the New Year's Eve fireworks.

These works could not have progressed without the $2.9 million grant funding through the Australian Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.


July 2010

Opening of Cliff Top Walk on Flagstaff Hill

The 230m walking path and viewing deck were officially opened on 21 July 2010, providing a formal connection to the iconic lighthouse and Flagstaff Hill.

The $650,000 pathway, lawn terraces, seating and viewing deck project were designed and constructed by Wollongong City Council with support from the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW).

Council received a grant of $257,000 from the NSW State Government’s Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water’s Coastal Management Program towards the Flagstaff Hill Walk.

Cliff Road Upgrades Outside Novotel

The first stage of the work on Cliff Road between Bourke Street and Blacket Street included the creation of an additional five parking spaces outside the Novotel, a raised threshold (speed hump) to reduce traffic speed and kerb extensions at the intersection of Blacket St and Cliff Road.

Council also introduced a 10km/hr shared zone (for pedestrians and vehicles) and reduced the width of the road with the kerb extensions at Blacket Street to create a safer pedestrian crossing area.

Council received a $40,000 grant from the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) to part-fund the works. Six speed cushions were also installed along Cliff Road from Bourke Street to the Harbour to keep traffic speeds in line with the new 40km hr speed limit in this area. This work was able to be done thanks to another funding grant from RTA for $50, 000.


December 2009

Opening of East Side of Cliff Road Footpath - Stage One

Stage one of the $3.4 million work along Cliff Road was officially opened byFederal Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird and Council’s General Manager, David Farmer

The completed works included a three metre wide concrete shared pathway from Belmore Basin to Georges Place, above the Continental Pool, new lighting and landscaping, a new viewing platform and balustrade railing,  and seating.


December 2008

Refurbished Brighton Lawn and Harbour Side Promenade Opens

$2 million in improvements to Brighton Lawn, including a new playground, four metre wide promenade, seating walls, amphitheatre, viewing platform, landscaping and picnic furniture were opened in December 2008.

A new seawall was also constructed, incorporating  broad access stairs to the beach, and long lengths of bleacher style seating.​


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