Work on the Blue Mile Tramway begins

Media Release

FN026/2017

06 March 2017

Joint release with:

Gordon Bradbery

Lord Mayor for Wollongong City Council

Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

Minister for International Development and the Pacific
Senator for New South Wales

  • Blue Mile Tramway upgrade will feature the construction of a new seawall and staircase to the Continental Pools.
  • The works will connect upgrades previously undertaken to the north and south of the Tramway area.
  • The Coalition Government invested $900,000 through the National Stronger Regions Fund.

Construction began today on the long-awaited upgrade to North Wollongong's Blue Mile Tramway project.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the works to the seawall and shared path form part of the Blue Mile Master Plan, which includes a range of foreshore improvements to enhance the public space.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and investing in infrastructure projects like this, that will revitalise Wollongong's foreshore do just that,” Minister Nash said.

Senator the Hon. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells welcomed the start of works today and said when completed, the project will make the iconic Blue Mile even more accessible to the community.

“This upgrade will stretch from the picturesque Belmore Basin boat harbour to the North Beach Bathers Pavilion.

“Many locals and tourists visit this stretch of the Wollongong coastline, with the area boasting spectacular views, beaches, parks, shared pathways, and outdoor cafes and entertainment spaces.

“The new seawall, and works on the staircase from Cliff Road to the Continental Pools, will ensure that the Blue Mile continues to be a draw card for locals and visitors alike.

“These works will also connect upgrades previously undertaken to the north and south of the Tramway area. I am delighted to see construction get underway.”

Wollongong City Council's Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the start of this project was an exciting step, and one that will be welcomed by the community.

“We know this area is much loved, and well used, by both locals and visitors to our city, and it has long needed this upgrade,” Cr Bradbery said.

“This is an area known for its heritage value—both European and Aboriginal—and this has been considered throughout the planning, development and design phases of this extensive project.

“A widened shared pathway will open this area up, and provide a better space for people to relax, exercise and just enjoy this beautiful spot.”

For more information and to find a copy of the Blue Mile Master Plan, visit: www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au/bluemile

The Blue Mile Tramway Seawall & Shared Path Upgrade is a jointly funded project with the Australian Government ($900,000), and Wollongong City Council ($4,885,380).