Taking in the sweeping expanse of Port Kembla beach just got a lot easier with work wrapping up on a new viewing platform this week.
The shade-covered platform is on the eastern side of Port Kembla Surf Life Saving Club’s car park and is part of Council’s ongoing upgrade works in the beachside precinct.
Council is grateful to the NSW State Government for a $400,000 grant under the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund that supported the delivery of the new space.
“I think that when it comes to scenic beach views Port Kembla has to be one of the city’s top locations. Standing here, on this new platform, you really have the opportunity to take a moment and appreciate that beautiful expanse of sandy coastline to the south, and the views out across the islands,’’ Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said.
“This is a very popular spot with locals and visitors alike and I think this platform, that is designed to be level and accessible to all, provides a way everyone in our community can take a moment to soak up that spectacular view.’’
The new shaded area is about 12 metres long and 5 metres wide, and features seating and picnic tables. Council also completed improvements in the adjacent car park as part of the project.
Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP welcomed the finished works.
“Having argued the case very strongly to establish the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund several years ago, I am very pleased that yet another successful project has been delivered.
“This new shade covered platform is a great new attraction for locals and visitors alike to appreciate what is such an impressive coastline view,” Mr Ward said.
The viewing platform is also a key link in Council’s ongoing Grand Pacific Walk improvements and provides a meeting point for those walking, running or riding the shared pathway between Helensburgh and Lake Illawarra.