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Position Statements Register

MatterMatter MatterSupport of Retention of F6 Corridor
Date AdoptedDate Adopted Date Adopted16/10/2005
Date for ReviewDate for Review Date for Review31/03/2018
Responsible OfficerResponsible Officer Responsible OfficerEconomic Development Manager
DivisionDivision DivisionCommunity Cultural + Economic Development
Position StatementPosition Statement Position Statement
That Council support the retention of the F6 corridor and call on the NSW Government to proceed with planning and development of the F6 from Waterfall to Sydney airport as a matter of priority. The Federal Government should also be approached for support
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Minute #332 At a meeting of the Economic Development Reference Group, it was agreed that a report be submitted to Council requesting its endorsement of the development of the F6 Corridor which had been described as the missing link of the F6 from Waterfall to the City.
MatterMatter MatterCoal Seam Gas Mining
Date AdoptedDate Adopted Date Adopted10/10/2011
Date for ReviewDate for Review Date for Review31/03/2018
Responsible OfficerResponsible Officer Responsible OfficerManager Environmental Strategy & Planning
DivisionDivision DivisionCity Strategy
Position StatementPosition Statement Position Statement
1.  Council expresses its concerns that the short-term and long-term environmental impacts of Coal Seam Gas (CSG) activities are not well understood, at either a State-wide or regional level. 2.  Council acknowledges there is widespread local community concern about and opposition to CSG in the Illawarra. 3.  Council urges the State Government to rule out SCG activities in water catchment areas in the City of Wollongong.
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Related to coal seam gas exploration boreholes proposed for the Wollongong LGA.
 
Council Meeting held 27 October 2014
Minute No 194 - Item A Lord Mayoral Minute
Part 4. Council reaffirm its previously-adopted position on coal seam gas and petroleum exploration and mining.
MatterMatter MatterDevelopment of Wollongong Harbour
Date AdoptedDate Adopted Date Adopted28/10/2008
Date for ReviewDate for Review Date for Review31/03/2018
Responsible OfficerResponsible Officer Responsible OfficerManager Environmental Strategy & Planning
DivisionDivision DivisionCity Strategy
Position StatementPosition Statement Position Statement
DEVELOPMENT PRINCIPLES

1. Wollongong Harbour and foreshore can support a mix of uses, including passive and active recreation, tourism, commercial development, moorings, commercial fishing and marine industries.

2. Any future development:

a.  Should enhance and not restrict public and recreational access and experiences. Public access along the foreshore is critical;
b.  Should ensure that the visual amenity of the public domain is maintained by preserving significant public views of the spectacular coastline, local landmarks, and the major heritage items on the site;
c.  Should enhance public open spaces – both passive and active spaces;
d.  Should conserve and showcase the Heritage items and fabric of the Harbour;
e.  Should contribute to the improvement of public infrastructure in the area; and
f.  Should be environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

3.  Flagstaff Hill should remain a remote headland for passive recreation and is not suitable for any significant level of development.

4.  Brighton Lawn should be retained as open space and no further encroachments should be made on the visual connection of the old courthouse to the lighthouse and harbour.

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Letter to Dept Lands 28/10/08 TRIM Ref 081113/42179 Wollongong Harbour and the surrounding foreshore area is a public space with unparalleled importance in the City. The Harbour contains various items of historical and cultural significance. It has important values for both Aboriginal and European heritage alike.
 
The traditional use of the Harbour is changing. Whilst the harbour’s origins were based on the coal export and the fishing industry, today there are more commercial charter boats than fishing boats. The Harbour’s public infrastructure is aging and improvements are required to ensure the safety of users and to encourage greater use of the area.
Possible development of the area has been instigated by the Department of Lands seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from the private sector. The challenge for any redevelopment of the Harbour will be to preserve the essential harbour activities such as moorings, unloading facilities, slipways, fishing, the heritage items and managing the overall cultural and physical heritage values as a whole whilst opening up the precinct to a wider range of compatible uses for recreation, tourism and community purposes.
MatterMatter MatterNuclear Free Zones
Date AdoptedDate Adopted Date Adopted24/07/2006
Date for ReviewDate for Review Date for Review31/10/2021
Responsible OfficerResponsible Officer Responsible OfficerManager Environmental Strategy & Planning
DivisionDivision DivisionCity Strategy
Position StatementPosition Statement Position Statement
Wollongong City Council restates its commitment to remain a Nuclear Free Zone and encourages other New South Wales Councils to do the same.
 
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This Motion was adopted by Council as a Motion to the 2006 NSW LGA Annual Conference. Minute # 216
ICAN Cities Appeal
UPDATE: 15/02/2019 Wollongong City Council declared its local government area a nuclear free zone in 1980 and reaffirmed this nuclear-free stance in 2006. The ICAN Cities Appeal is consistent with the  Council’s ongoing nuclear free position and our fears about the grave threat that nuclear weapons pose to the future of humanity. Wollongong City Council firmly believes that our residents have the right to live in a world free from this threat. The production and deployment of nuclear weapons, whether deliberate or accidental, would have catastrophic, far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for humanity and the environment.
Therefore, Wollongong City Council welcomes the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by the United Nations in 2017, and we call on our national government to sign and ratify it without delay.
The Lord Mayor wrote to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs to advise that Wollongong City Council endorses the ICAN Cities Appeal.
MatterMatter MatterProtection of the Dharawal State Conservation Park
Date AdoptedDate Adopted Date Adopted10/10/2011
Date for ReviewDate for Review Date for Review31/03/2018
Responsible OfficerResponsible Officer Responsible OfficerManager Environmental Strategy & Planning
DivisionDivision DivisionCity Strategy
Position StatementPosition Statement Position Statement
1.  Contact and work with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage within the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet to fully protect the Dharawal State Conservation Park from any activity that has the potential to adversely affect the ecological integrity of the Dharawal State Conservation Park or does not have a beneficial effect on the Dharawal State Conservation Park; and
2.   Work with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage within the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet to establish the Dharawal National Park as quickly as possible as promised by the Premier of New South Wales.
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Min # 180 Notice of Motion by Cr Petty
MatterMatter MatterOptions outside of property rates for raising revenue
Date AdoptedDate Adopted Date Adopted11/03/2013
Date for ReviewDate for Review Date for Review31/03/2018
Responsible OfficerResponsible Officer Responsible OfficerManager Finance
DivisionDivision DivisionFinance
Position StatementPosition Statement Position Statement
Wollongong City Council supports the further investigation of options outside of property rates for raising revenue. Further streamlining of rate-pegging and the consideration of other aspects of rating such as categories of rates, valuation base and concessions is supported by Wollongong City Council
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Minute #46 - Council submission to the Independent Local Government Review Panel
 
MatterMatter MatterLease of Port Kembla Harbour
Date AdoptedDate Adopted Date Adopted09/07/2012
Date for ReviewDate for Review Date for Review31/03/2018
Responsible OfficerResponsible Officer Responsible OfficerExecutive Strategy Manager
DivisionDivision DivisionOffice of General Manager + Executive
Position StatementPosition Statement Position Statement
Council’s preferred position is that the proposed sale or lease of the port will: a)  allow for yearly compensation or financial assistance to Wollongong City Council to assist with the maintenance, renewal and creation of local infrastructure associated with current and future growth of Port Kembla and associated truck/vehicular movements; b)  retain and support current employees of Port Kembla Port Corporation in their positions and roles; c)  continue to provide community updates and avenues of communication between the port and local community, eg website and Port Kembla Pollution Meetings; d)  allow for Council and community representation to contribute to and oversee environmental policies, procedures, actions and testing essential for continued community confidence in environmental management of Port Kembla; and e)  be committed through a contract of sale or terms of lease to financially contribute a percentage of annual profit to regional infrastructure and economic development
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 Notice of Motion by Cr Martin
MatterMatter MatterMaldon-Dombarton Railway
Date AdoptedDate Adopted Date Adopted30/11/2012
Date for ReviewDate for Review Date for Review31/03/2018
Responsible OfficerResponsible Officer Responsible OfficerGeneral Manager
DivisionDivision DivisionOffice of General Manager + Executive
Position StatementPosition Statement Position Statement
4. Objectives 4.1  To identify participating and stakeholder Councils and organisations. 4.2  Identify their respective transport connectivity issues in the context of commodities, ie; grain, coal, bauxite, etc. 4.3  Identify the social, environmental, infrastructure and economic impacts of these respective transport connectivity issues. 4.4  Identify benefits to the stakeholders of the completion of the Maldon Dombarton Rail Link. 4.5  To acknowledge the role of the parties and stakeholders in the provision of information into one source document. 4.6  To identify and recommend pathways for action that will contribute to the completion of the Maldon Dombarton Rail Link. 4.7  To provide a streamlined and effective decision making forum for the parties to influence and lobby Infrastructure NSW and Infrastructure Australia. 4.8  To provide ongoing guidance to the parties about the role of the Coalition.
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Z12/216819 MOU - Coalition of Councils The unfinished part of the Maldon-Dombarton rail line is approximately 35 kilometres (see Figure 1), linking the Main South rail line (National Network) at Maldon (near Picton in south-west Sydney) to an existing 15 kilometres section of dual track from Dombarton to Port Kembla. Construction work on the Maldon-Dombarton rail line was started in 1983, but the project was abandoned in 1988 due to downturn in the global economy and the closure of a number of regional coal mines. The capacity of the Illawarra and the Moss Vale-Unanderra lines to absorb future increases in freight and passenger demand is dependent on the final construction of the Maldon Dombarton Rail Line.   The completion of the Maldon Dombarton Rail line would lead to the following benefits : a.  providing an environment that is conducive to investment in mining, agriculture and other export industries in west and south west NSW.  b.  Reduce mining related freight on the Illawarra and Moss Vale-Unanderra lines and free capacity of those lines for other freight traffic and passenger services c.  Increasing confidence in continuity of supply of NSW coal, minerals, containers and crops for global customers d.  Reduce noise, vibration and dust pollution impacts on residential areas e.  reduced interaction between freight and passenger rail traffic f.  certainty of supply promoting greater economic development to regions In the recently published NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan, it is noted the Illawarra and Central West both identified “Shift freight off roads onto rail including Maldon to Dombarton Rail Link” as a key issue for their regions.
MatterMatter MatterFreight Haulage by Rail or Sea
Date AdoptedDate Adopted Date Adopted08/04/2013
Date for ReviewDate for Review Date for Review31/03/2018
Responsible OfficerResponsible Officer Responsible OfficerManager Development Assessment & Certification
DivisionDivision DivisionDevelopment Assessment + Certification
Position StatementPosition Statement Position Statement
Council reaffirm its position in support of freight haulage to be conducted by rail (or sea where appropriate) rather than by road.
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Minute #67 NRE No 1 Colliery - Underground Expansion Project - Submission to Environmental Assessment - Major Project Application Refer also to Maldon-Dombarton Railway background/history
MatterMatter MatterWorld Heritage Listing for Royal National Park
Date AdoptedDate Adopted Date Adopted27/05/2013
Date for ReviewDate for Review Date for Review31/03/2018
Responsible OfficerResponsible Officer Responsible OfficerManager Environmental Strategy & Planning
DivisionDivision DivisionCity Strategy
Position StatementPosition Statement Position Statement
That Council support World Heritage listing for the Royal Reserves, including Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park and Garrawarra State Recreation Area
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Minute #85 Notice of Motion: Cr Merrin
MatterMatter MatterCoal Seam Gas Protest in principle support
Date AdoptedDate Adopted Date Adopted27/05/2013
Date for ReviewDate for Review Date for Review31/03/2018
Responsible OfficerResponsible Officer Responsible OfficerManager Environmental Strategy & Planning
DivisionDivision DivisionCity Strategy
Position StatementPosition Statement Position Statement
Council supports, in principle, any peaceful and lawful community protest against coal seam gas in the Wollongong local government and water catchment areas that reflect Council’s resolved position on the matter
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Minute #86 Notice of Motion: Cr Merrin
MatterMatter MatterRacial Discrimination Act 1975
Date AdoptedDate Adopted Date Adopted23/06/2014
Date for ReviewDate for Review Date for Review31/03/2018
Responsible OfficerResponsible Officer Responsible OfficerExecutive Officer to Lord Mayor
DivisionDivision DivisionOffice of General Manager + Executive
Position StatementPosition Statement Position Statement
Wollongong City Council –
  1. Affirms the fundamental importance of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.
  2. Recognises the Act provides protection from offensive behaviour because of race, colour, national or ethnic origin, reflecting the spirit and intent of protection as outlined in “the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” Article 12, namely – No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
  3. Urges all levels of Government to combat bigotry at every opportunity and comply with the expectations of Article 2 of “the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” namely - Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
  4. Requests the Federal Attorney General to withdraw the Draft Exposure Amendment to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and Wollongong City Council communicate accordingly to convey its position as outlined above.
  5. Reaffirms the Charter of the City of Wollongong, and a Briefing be held to outline opportunities to review and update the Charter.
  6. Call on the Federal Government and all Members of Parliament to work towards and start the process of developing a Bill of Rights for Australia.
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Notice of Motion - Cr David Brown
The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RD Act) was enacted in a show of bipartisanship between Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser.  The objective of this law was to protect the community from hate speech and from racial, religious and cultural intolerance.  It has been considered good law for almost four decades. The Federal Government signalled its intention to repeal section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.  The Federal Attorney General, Senator George Brandis, released an exposure draft of amendments to the Act.  The proposed changes will water down the key provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act in a way which may render the law ineffective. Wollongong City is a harmonious multicultural community and Wollongong City Council is committed to ensuring that it remains that way.  Our community diversity is celebrated in Wollongong 2022 – our Community Strategic Plan. On 22 March 2004 Council unanimously adopted the Charter of the City of Wollongong that reads: “We the people of Wollongong are determined: • to ensure the right of all our community to enjoy equal rights and be treated with equal respect, regardless of colour, race, ethnicity, creed or religion; • to support an immigration policy wholly non-discriminatory on grounds of colour, race, ethnicity, creed or religion; • to support the process of reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the context of redressing their profound social and economic disadvantage; • to maintain Wollongong as a culturally diverse tolerant and open society, united by an overriding commitment to our nation and its democratic institutions and values; • to denounce racial intolerance in any form as incompatible with the kind of community we are and want to be. And to these ends we will: • actively promote the benefits of a cohesive, multicultural society; • support the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation’s vision for a united Australia and local declarations of reconciliation with indigenous peoples; • promote access and equity in service provision for all members of the community; • address wherever possible the special needs of disadvantaged groups. City of Wollongong” The campaign to oppose possible repeal of section 18C has been led by community groups in a non-partisan way and to date approximately 50 Councils nationally have endorsed a similar motion and more are actively considering the issue
MatterMatter MatterCoal Seam Gas Exploration and Mining Free Zone
Date AdoptedDate Adopted Date Adopted10/11/2014
Date for ReviewDate for Review Date for Review31/03/2018
Responsible OfficerResponsible Officer Responsible OfficerManager Environmental Strategy and Planning
DivisionDivision DivisionCity Strategy
Position StatementPosition Statement Position Statement
The Wollongong Local Government Area be declared a coal seam gas exploration and mining free zone.
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Notice of Motion - Councillor Petty - Ban on Coal Seam Gas Exploration and Mining - Wollongong Local Government Area.
Minute No 207
MatterMatter MatterProvision of Disabled Access to Unanderra Railway Station
Date AdoptedDate Adopted Date Adopted27/04/2015
Date for ReviewDate for Review Date for Review31/03/2018
Responsible OfficerResponsible Officer Responsible OfficerExecutive Strategy Manager
DivisionDivision DivisionOffice of the Lord Mayor
Position StatementPosition Statement Position Statement
Wollongong City Council support the Unanderra and surrounding community in their endeavours to have disabled access installed at Unanderra Railway Station, which includes consideration of various options, including the renewal of the level crossing or the installation of a lift.
 
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Lord Mayoral Minute, full resolution:
1  Wollongong City Council support the Unanderra and surrounding community in their endeavours to have disabled access installed at Unanderra Railway Station, which includes consideration of various options, including the renewal of the level crossing or the installation of a lift. 2  Council write to the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, The Hon. Andrew Constance MP, in consultation with the Unanderra Access Group, highlighting the necessity for disabled access to Unanderra Railway Station and reinforcing the need for this access to be given high priority. 3  Council acknowledges the work of the Unanderra Access Group in their campaign for easy access for disabled, elderly and disadvantaged commuters.
 
Minute No 44.
MatterMatter MatterWollongong as an Inclusive City - Refugee Welcome Zone
Date AdoptedDate Adopted Date Adopted30/11/2015
Date for ReviewDate for Review Date for Review31/03/2020
Responsible OfficerResponsible Officer Responsible OfficerGeneral Manager
DivisionDivision DivisionOffice of the Lord Mayor
Position StatementPosition Statement Position Statement

Council –

  1. Reassert its position as a Refugee Welcome Zone by continuing to support the settlement of refugees and affirming Wollongong as a community which promotes harmony, social cohesion and respect for human rights and dignity.
  2. Affirms its position to be an inclusive multicultural community. We recognise the history of our City is one of successive groups of refugees and dislocated people being welcomed and included in our community. We will work to facilitate and protect the rights of all and remind our citizens of their obligations.  In this context we affirm the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) especially Articles 5 and 14 – Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Article 14: 1 Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution. 2 This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
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13/08/2018 - Notice of Motion - Cr Cox - reaffirm position
27/06/2016 - Notice of Motion Cr Takacs reaffirms position: Reaffirms its 2005 commitment that the Wollongong Local Government Area is a Refugee Welcome Zone.
 
30/11/2015 - Lord Mayoral Minute, background provided by Lord Mayor:
Wollongong City Council has made a declaration with the Refugee Council of Australia as a Refugee Welcome Zone – along with 86 other Councils nationally.  This Declaration provides a commitment to welcoming refugees into our community, upholding human rights, demonstrating compassion and enhancing the cultural and religious diversity in our community.  Wollongong has embraced multiculturalism over many decades and is home to people from many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.  After English, the main languages spoken at home are Macedonian, Italian, Arabic, Mandarin, Greek, Spanish, Serbian, Portuguese and Turkish.  In more recent times we have welcomed Burmese, Burundian, Congolese, Togolese, Liberian, Sierra Leonean, Sudanese, Syrian, Iraqi and Iranian refugees into our community. Wollongong has reputable, well-established migrant and refugee settlement services which are both government and non-government organisations. Mainstream services with adjunct specialist refugee services and programs tasked to provide support for refugees includes settlement advice, learning English programs,  job seeking, education and training, family and community services, youth services, immigration applications and advice, advice on services available from government departments, trauma counselling, cultural awareness training.  Illawarra TAFE, Navitas, Illawarra Multicultural Services, SCARF, Multicultural Community Council of the Illawarra and many more organisations are equipped and ready to welcome and assist in settling newcomers.
Minute No. 170
MatterMatter MatterShared Values Shared Future - Illawarra 200
Date AdoptedDate Adopted Date Adopted14/12/2015
Date for ReviewDate for Review Date for Review31/03/2018
Responsible OfficerResponsible Officer Responsible OfficerExecutive Strategy Manager
DivisionDivision DivisionOffice of General Manager + Executive
Position StatementPosition Statement Position Statement

Council acknowledges –

  1. Aboriginal people as the Indigenous people of this land and the traditional custodians for generations to come.
  2. European settlement in the Illawarra 200 years ago with the first five land grants issued in December 1816.
  3. The ideologies of Illawarra 200 as symbolic of Shared Values and a Shared Future.  We are a community where working together is promoted and sharing of cultures, ideology and experiences is encouraged.
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Notice of Motion - Cr Chris Connor, background provided by Cr Connor
Our first people Wollongong City Council acknowledges Aboriginal people as the Indigenous people of this land and the traditional custodians for generations to come. Throughout the years we have seen our community change and mature.  There were many barriers that needed to be understood and overcome.  Our Aboriginal Elders fought for their rights and to be recognised as indigenous and to be accepted into the broader community. Today, the Aboriginal community play an integral role in fostering better relationships across our entire community by sharing their rich history, culture and knowledge. We have come a long way over the past 200 years – today, in this modern time we have reconciled and are a proud community, without discrimination, without boundaries or barriers we live together as one cohesive and diverse community. Illawarra 200 acknowledges this achievement. The story In 1815 some of the Illawarra’s traditional custodians led some white settlers and their cattle down the escarpment.  This marked a new chapter in the story of the Illawarra. These “white settlers” were Charles Throsby and his stockmen, looking for land to graze their cattle.  Following this expedition Throsby established a stockyard near what is now the site of St Francis Xavier Church and a Stockman’s Hut established near the corner of Smith and Harbour Streets – this was the first recorded building in the area that soon became known as Illawarra.
On 2 December 1816 a meeting was held at Charles Throsby’s Stockman’s Hut, this would be a meeting that marked the beginning of the first five land grants being issued to Richard Brooks, George Johnston, Andrew Allan, Robert Jenkins and David Allan.  This meeting was recorded by Surveyor General Oxley and his Deputy James Meehan. Making it all official, the first five Land Grants received the sign off from the Queen on 24 January 1817 and were confirmed as: 1 R Brooks “Exmouth” 1.300 acres (land around Mt Brown Dapto) 2 G Johnston “Macquarie Gift” 1500 acres (area now part of the suburb of Marshall Mount) 3 A Allan “Waterloo” 700 acres (Located in Shellharbour south of Macquarie Rivulet) 4 R Jenkins “Berkeley” 1,000 acres (at Berkeley) 5 D Allan “Illawarra Farm” 2,200 acres (at Port Kembla) Following this period, settlement continued in Wollongong with the first school being established in 1827 and is now known as Wollongong Public School. But it wasn’t until 1834 that the Surveyor General Major Thomas Mitchell planned the layout of the town of Wollongong.  The town was gazetted on 26 November 1834. In 1843 the first Illawarra District Council was formed, covering the coastal plain from Bulli to Nowra and taking in the Kangaroo Valley.  This council failed and on 28 February 1859 the Central Illawarra Municipality was incorporated and the Northern Illawarra was incorporated on 26 October 1868.  Bulli Shire was incorporated on 7 March 1906. On 11 September 1942 Wollongong was proclaimed a City by the NSW Government Gazette. Illawarra 200 We fast forward 200 years and we are a city of almost 207,000 people with a diverse community represented by people from all around the world. A community where working together is promoted, sharing of cultures, ideology and experiences is encouraged.  We are compassionate and understanding of each other’s hardships and encouraging of our future. Illawarra 200 is about the acknowledgment of European settlement in the Illawarra, the first five land grants issued in December 1816. We, as a community, choose to mark this occasion in positive ways, acknowledging the contribution of everyone who lives in our city. From June 2015 to December 2015 Illawarra 200 went on an exclusively Aboriginal Journey showcasing culture, art, music and food through Reconciliation Week activities, art exhibitions, movie nights and our Twilight Markets. The commencement of 2016 marks a shift in the program with the introduction and representation of our broader community, the woven community of many different cultures intertwining with the Indigenous story.  The shared values are delivered through events in the region embracing Illawarra 200.  Our shared future is delivered to our children through commemorative activities at our public schools.
Minute No. 181
MatterMatter MatterSouth Coast Rail Upgrades
Date AdoptedDate Adopted Date Adopted23/07/2018
Date for ReviewDate for Review Date for Review01/03/2021
Responsible OfficerResponsible Officer Responsible OfficerGeneral Manager
DivisionDivision DivisionOffice of General Manager + Executive
Position StatementPosition Statement Position Statement
Endorses the resolutions of the public meeting of South Coast commuters on 28 May 2018
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Minute #88
Notice of Motion of Councillor C Blakey
 
On 28 May 2018 there was a “Public meeting calling for better rail services on the South Coast line” at the Wollongong Tennis Club attended by over 100 local residents, which unanimously endorsed the following meeting resolutions.
“This meeting of concerned Illawarra residents and rail commuters wants our politicians and the Government to know that we have a vision for our rail service. Our vision is that:
 
Wollongong is a City that is properly connected; Illawarra residents travelling to and from Sydney can expect a seated train trip, complete with Wi-Fi, faster travel times and good local connections; all stations are accessible, and our trains are safe and clean, and have working amenities.
This meeting of concerned Illawarra residents and rail commuters resolves that the following are our short, medium, and long-term goals for improving rail services to the Illawarra:
Short Term (within 12 months):
Extra carriages are added to all overcrowded 4 carriage services
•  The new fleet due to arrive in 2019 will have more seating    
   capacity than current services to deal with current issues of  
   overcrowding and allow for population growth. It should also 
   have reversible seating.
• Mobile phone reception on the South Coast Line will be
   improved (note this is an issue of safety and still needs to be
   addressed adequately after the Waterfall incident).
• All Illawarra train stations will be accessible.
• Printed timetables to be available to passengers.
• Investigation of additional express stops will occur.
• Increased frequency of services and better local connections.
 
• Bus services will be integrated with rail.
• There will be space for luggage on trains.
Medium Term (within 4 years):
• All services will have Wi-Fi.
• Completion of the Maldon–Dombarton Freight Line.
• Platform extensions of short platforms.
• Line improvements including improving curvature, high speed
   turnouts and more crossovers. Tilt trains investigated.
Long Term (within 8 years):
• A tunnel from Thirroul to Waterfall.
• A high-speed rail connection runs between Sydney and the
   Illawarra/Shoalhaven.
This meeting of concerned Illawarra residents and rail commuters wants the Government and our politicians to know that only when these things have been done will it mean that you have truly listened to the Illawarra community.”
MatterMatter MatterClimate Emergency
Date AdoptedDate Adopted Date Adopted12/08/2019
Date for ReviewDate for Review Date for Review31/03/2021
Responsible OfficerResponsible Officer Responsible OfficerManager City Strategy
DivisionDivision DivisionCity Strategy
Position StatementPosition Statement Position Statement
Council recognises we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government.
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Notice of Motion - Councillor Ann Martin
Minute No 269