Monday, May 27, 2024

Grand plans for Coledale beach walk

Wollongong City Council has begun the next phase of its Grand Pacific Walk works to improve a 400-metre stretch of shared pathway on Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Coledale.

The project includes the construction of the shared pathway and upgrade works to the existing car park overlooking the area’s beachside camping reserve.

Council says the new pathway will be wider and feature a viewing area, seating and picnic facilities, bins, a drinking fountain and water bottle refill station. There will also be added plantings, safety fencing and the current stairs that lead to the beach from the carpark will be rebuilt and new handrails installed.

“The Grand Pacific Walk is an ambitious project and the links that have been already delivered for our community have been so well received,’’ Wollongong City Lord Mayor, Gordon Bradbery AM said.

“I have no doubt that the news we’re improving this area with its existing narrow bitumen pathway will be welcomed by all those who already visit this space.

“The teams will be working to minimise disruption and have purposefully opted to carry out these works over winter when there are less people using this popular area.’’

The Grand Pacific Walk is a pathway that will allow people to walk or ride along the coastline from the Royal National Park to Lake Illawarra.

The walk will link existing pathways with new links like at Coledale, as well as more recent projects including the section between Coalcliff and Stanwell Park.

“With good weather, we’re anticipating the new Coledale link and car park will be opened in spring,” Mayor Bradbery said.

“We’re also working on plans for another leg of the Grand Pacific Walk for Clifton and it’s anticipated work here will start in early 2022.”

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