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Sustainable Port Kembla paper bag

Be part of planning a sustainable Port Kembla

The Sustainable Port Kembla project is almost complete, with the team at the Sustainable Building Research Centre (UoW), Edmiston Jones and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage working with the Port Kembla Chamber of Commerce and Industry, community organisations and small businesses.

Energy retrofits for Housing Trust community homes
Assessments have been completed for these properties, and recommendations made to the Housing Trust to improve the environmental performance and comfort of their homes – and save energy costs for residents. Upgrade work will commence shortly, and completion is due by the end of 2018.

Energy efficiency upgrades for Wentworth Street businesses
Following the call-out to local businesses last year, the team has installed energy and thermal monitoring at 5 premises in Port Kembla to collect data on energy use and thermal comfort. The data was used to assess the properties in order to recommend ways of improving environmental performance in the buildings. The team are meeting with building owners to fine tune details of the upgrade work to start soon.

Paper bags replace plastic shopping bags
You may have seen the paper bags supplied to local shopkeepers on Wentworth Street to replace plastic bags. The bags are printed with a link to the Sustainable Place website. Here, you can suggest ideas for future sustainability projects for Port Kembla around the themes of “Energy”, “Urban Greening” and “Amenity”. These ideas will be included in the Sustainability Action Plan which will assist the Port Kembla community in applying for further funding for Sustainability projects and set the framework for Sustainability in Port Kembla into the future.

Thanks for helping map out Port Kembla’s future

It’s no secret that the Port Kembla community is passionate and engaged. Many of you helped create the draft Port Kembla 2505 Revitalisation Plan and Implementation Plan, and when asked for your feedback on these, you delivered! Wollongong City Council heard from over 460 people in the form of 150+ surveys, hundreds of conversations and close to 1200 comments showing overwhelming support for the draft Plans. This feedback was worked into the Plans, and community photos showcasing Port Kembla were used on the front cover. The Plans were sent to Council at the end of last month, and they’ve given them the tick to go ahead! Council are excited to continue working with the community to revitalise Port Kembla.

Read the full Council Report, which includes all the details of the community engagement activities and community feedback.

King George V Precinct shade sail over playground

King George V Oval is getting the royal treatment

Shade sails have just been installed over King George V children’s playground, and you may notice a bit of activity happening at the football pitch alongside Military Road next month, of the non-sporting variety. Wollongong City Council will be drilling holes and putting in concrete supports, then installing six new LED light towers. The new lights will shine a light on the playing surface. Later in the year, the cricket pitch will be returfed and they’ll also put safety netting over the children’s playground, to keep any unruly cricket balls out.

Sharing local Aboriginal stories

Have you seen the brand new Ngaraba-aan Trail signage at MM Beach? Or the
new sandstone and steel sculptures designed by Aboriginal artists Aunty Lorraine
Brown and Chris Edwards? The sculptures tell the story of competition for land and
sea in Port Kembla from the early 1900s to pre-World War 2. As the metal industry
in the area boomed, it had an impact on the sea around Port Kembla and reduced
the fish catches relied on by the local Aboriginal community. The sculpture’s
carved sandstone bases were created at Coomaditchie Hall by Aunty Lorraine
Brown and Aunty Narelle Thomas.