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.
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.