Hill 60 is a site of considerable natural beauty, spectacular views and significant Aboriginal and European heritage value. After extensive community consultation, Wollongong City Council developed a master plan for Hill 60 that identified a series of projects to enhance the amenities for residents and visitors. Council received almost $250,000 under the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund to partly cover the cost of the projects outlined below. Given the Aboriginal and European Heritage of the area, Council officers are currently seeking guidance and preliminary approvals from the NSW Government’s Office of Environment and Heritage for these projects:
MM Beach Car Park Upgrade
This is a popular gathering hub on Gloucester Boulevarde for MM Beach users and visitors. The car park is due for renewal, so a redesign has been completed to formalise it with fifteen parking bays, including two accessible bays. The shared cycleway will be realigned around the new carpark , and additional seating, bins and interpretative artwork and signage will be installed. A dog bowl and shower will be put in at the beach access point.
Gloucester Boulevarde Fitness Equipment
Fitness equipment was highlighted as a priority for the community during the Hill 60 Master Plan development. These assets are proving popular throughout the city, and free access to gym equipment provides opportunities to improve community health and fitness. As such, a fitness station will be installed just south of the Darcy Rd intersection .
To improve ease of access and movement for visitors to Hill 60, wayfinding signs, directional signs and track markers will be installed in stages. The signage will highlight key points of interest.
Tunnel Safety Access
Securing access to the Hill 60 tunnels was identified as one of the key projects in the Hill 60 Master Plan. The tunnels were constructed during World War II in the defence of Port Kembla and have significant heritage value. Whilst the tunnels beneath Hill 60 are currently partially sealed, Council plans to install a more secure gated access and undertake structural repairs to the tunnel interiors. The first stage of the project involves securing the tunnels, with the next stage being restoration of the tunnel interiors.