The NSW Government has announced the latest round of funding for the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund, with 15 projects to receive combined support of more than $2.1 million.
From public art to emergency services and industry development, this lastest round reflects the many different ways in which Port Kembla is being revitalised by government, business and community groups.
You can read more about the Round 4 successful projects below:
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.
Work will start from Monday 29 June on a new viewing platform overlooking Port Kembla Beach.
The platform will be on the eastern side of Port Kembla Surf Life Saving Club car park and feature a shaded deck area with seating and picnic tables. The project is part of Council’s continued upgrade work to the foreshore area from Port Kembla beach through King George V precinct to MM Beach.
It’ll also be a key link in the Grand Pacific Walk, a 60km pathway for pedestrians and cyclists stretching from the Royal National Park in the north to Lake Illawarra.
The project is supported by a $400,000 grant under the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund.
Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said it was exciting with a new phase of the Grand Pacific Walk in the southern suburbs and in particular Port Kembla.
“The platform will incorporate a shade structure as well as an upgrade to the car park and we will complete new kerb and guttering in the area as well as landscape works,” Cr Bradbery said.
“This platform will provide another space for people to take photos over another part of our beautiful coastline. It will also provide an accessible space for people to sit, reflect and socialise. Once this project completed it’ll be a welcome addition to this popular beach precinct, and I thank the NSW State Government for their ongoing support of this lovely suburb through the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund.”
Once finished, the platform will be approximately 16m long, 7.5m wide. The work is expected be completed in October, provided we get good weather. Coinciding with the platform project, we’ll also be making some improvements to the carpark, with the addition of new garden beds, installing a footpath, bins and a drinking fountain.
While works are underway, the northern car park will be closed and while the existing footpath will remain open, there might be some changes to pedestrian access for safety reasons. These will be clearly signposted.
Congratulations to the successful applicants who have received project funding through the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund. It’s the third time the community has had the opportunity to apply for funding of programs that support and build the suburb’s community amenity as well as activate and enhance it.