If you like the idea of cycling or walking from the Royal National Park at Otford through Stanwell Park and on to Lake Illawarra, Windang, then we would like to hear from you.
Wollongong City Council will begin community engagement on the draft Masterplan for the Grand Pacific Walk, which will eventually wind its way along our majestic coastline.
Council will also be talking with community members on the draft concept plans for stage one, which is from Station Street, Stanwell Park, over the Stoney Creek Bridge, Coalcliff, through to the northern end of the Seacliff Bridge. We’re starting here as it currently has no pathways.
This section of the Grand Pacific Walk route is challenging, with steep and sometimes unstable land, narrow roads and a lack of provisions for pedestrians and cyclists. Providing safe access along this part of the route is considered a high priority by Council.
This is a long term project and Council will work on each segment as funds become available.
We will be talking with local community members and groups during the community engagement from 25 November till 10 February 2014. The first engagement will take place at Berkeley Community Centre Park, off Winnima Way, on Saturday 14 December from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.
All community members are invited to drop in to the centre to view the draft Masterplan, the concept plans, and site analyses for each stage of the proposed walkway.
We will hold further consultation throughout the city during the engagement and will provide further details on these.
“This stretch of our coast is among the best scenic views on the eastern coast of Australia,” Cr Gordon Bradbery said. “The Grand Pacific Walk will eventually become a walkway and cycleway for tourists and visitors from around the globe. I’m hopeful that the city’s Grand Pacific Walk will rival great walks along Australia’s eastern coast and attract tourists from throughout the world.
“The Grand Pacific Walk will offer access down this part of our coast through a shared pathway and use of potential on-road bicycle lanes. We are also planning to include viewing areas, natural vantage points with links to playgrounds, cafés, and other places, such as toilets, which are just as important. And we have highlighted great places to stop off for a bite to eat or just a quick dip or relax under the pines.
“During the summer period we would like all community members to take part in refining our ideas and vision for the Walk.”
In many areas a pathway already exists and this long term project will aim to provide the ‘missing links’ between these shared pathways segments. Council will be talking with community members on the new sections proposed to connect with the existing footpaths and shared pathways. It will showcase our natural features – the escarpment and the sea – and will be enjoyed by locals as well as visitors. By creating wider paths separated from vehicle traffic, the Grand Pacific Walk will provide a safer route for pedestrians and cyclists. For more information on the draft Masterplan, the concept designs and site analyses, you can visit the WCC website.
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