Blue Mile foreshore development in full swing

Media Release

FN133/2017

04 August 2017

Joint release with:

Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

Senator for New South Wales

Greg Doyle

Acting General Manager for Wollongong City Council

  • Blue Mile Tramway foreshore redevelopment project progressing well
  • Construction includes a new seawall and staircase to the Continental Pools
  • The Coalition Government has invested $900,000 through the National Stronger Regions Fund.

Locals and elected leaders got a sneak peek today of progress on Wollongong's Blue Mile Tramway foreshore redevelopment project which is sure to become one of the area's major drawcards for locals and tourists alike.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said when completed, the foreshore project will enhance access to the beachfront and parkland through redevelopment of the seawall and shared path from Belmore Basin boat harbour to the North Beach Bathers Pavilion.

“The picturesque stretch along North Wollongong's coast is a major draw card for the region and I am thrilled with the progress of this project that will showcase this special area for decades to come,” Minister Nash said.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and improving access to natural attractions like the Blue Mile in Wollongong does just that.”

Senator for New South Wales Concetta Fierravanti-Wells took part in today's preview of works and said it was great to see the amount of progress already made on the redevelopment.

“This upgrade will provide better access to the foreshore area, enabling more people to enjoy the spectacular views and safely access the beaches and parks along this stretch of the coastline” Senator Fierravanti-Wells said.

“The introduction of a new staircase on Cliff Road will also provide far safer access to the frequently continental pools which will see increased patronage.”

“Acting General Manager of Wollongong City Council Greg Doyle said the he was really pleased with the progression that has been made on this complex upgrade along the Blue Mile Tramway link.

“We're already five months into the construction phase of this much-loved link between Wollongong Harbour and North Wollongong beach, and we're really starting to see some progression as the new pre-cast seawall panels are moved into place,” Mr Doyle said.

“Soon, those who have been checking out the worksite from Cliff Road will be able to see the new widened share path start to take place. It's an exciting time.”

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

The project is scheduled for completion in October 2018, weather permitting.

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