The Labor team for Ward 1 had vowed to make traffic a top priority if they’re elected to Wollongong Council at next month’s elections.
Existing councillor Janice Kershaw says steps MUST be taken now, because nothing happens quickly, and the problem is only going to get worse.
“We will work with the RMS to improve the flow of traffic through Bulli and Thirroul,” she says. “The RMS has created the problem. It’s essential they now work with council to fix it.
“We don’t want to make huge plans without community consultation, but we have looked into resuming parkland through Bulli to create slip-lanes around turning traffic at the Brickworks and Point Street.
“It’s tougher to come up with options for Thirroul,” says Janice. “We really need to sit down and identify a manageable second route in and out of the North.
“We have also considered the vacant land at the bottom of Bulli Pass to make it easier for traffic to enter the Northern Illawarra.
“Traffic is a problem for the school run, the work run and on weekends and it’s just getting worse. Unless we focus on finding a solution and start the process, it will never happen. These things take time.”
And Janice says community consultation will be a vital part of the process. “The people who are most affected by the problems often come up with the best solutions.”
The Labor team for Ward One will also look into the provision of disability access to all Northern Illawarra beaches.
Helensburgh Library is high on their list of priorities. “We want to plan now for the future, so when the new library is built, it’s equipped for the next decade. The NBN has not reached Helensburgh yet, but we think the plans need to reflect the changing face of technology to give locals the best-possible facility.
The Labor team has also vowed to focus on the construction and repair of local footpaths, and to develop a masterplan for the Bellambi foreshore.
Ward-1 (Northern Illawarra)
Cr Janice Kershaw – Bellambi – Public Service Manager
Jenelle Rimmer – Towradgi – Electorate Officer
Richard Martin – Russell Vale – Talent Manager
Ivor Fabok – Thirroul – Artist