Wollongong City Council is currently working on a proposal to create a shared pathway that links the Royal National Park to Lake Illawarra. The proposed path – dubbed the Grand Pacific Walk – will follow the Grand Pacific Drive route, and encourage tourists and locals walking or riding the path to stop along the way to take in the views, enjoy a coffee at a café or check out the nearby attractions.
This is a long term project, with new sections proposed to connect with the existing paths and cycleways. It will showcase the natural features of our region – the escarpment and the sea, to be enjoyed by locals as well as visitors. In time this will become a great asset for the local community, linking Sea Cliff Coast suburbs in the north with those in the south.
The Grand Pacific Walk links into Council goals as part of the Wollongong 2022 Community Strategic Plan, helping us create a ‘healthy community in a liveable city’, and to have ‘sustainable, affordable and accessible transport’. The project, which was endorsed by Council, also addresses their Delivery Program 2012-17 goal to ‘improve the connectivity of the Local Government Area through the upgrade of our network of footpaths and cycleways’.
Benefits of the Grand Pacific Walk
Once complete, the Grand Pacific Walk will:
- Improve connections between communities
- Encourage healthy lifestyles
- Create tourism and economic benefits
- Provide alternative transport routes
- Reduce the impact of cars and motorbikes on our environment and health
- Improve the environmental condition of sections of the coastal zone
In principle, the project will provide safer route for pedestrians and cyclists from Otford to Windang by creating a wider path that’s separated from vehicle traffic. Ultimately, the route will link the coastal villages and bike routes of the Wollongong Bike Plan.
Four design models have been proposed:
- Standard width concrete shared path
- Widened bitumen surface with kerb barrier separation
- Boardwalk structures where road reserve widths are compromised by steep grades
- On-road painted lanes where transport use is very low and no other feasible alternatives exist.
Over the coming weeks Council will be holding a number of information sessions and kiosks providing more detail of what the Grand Pacific Walk could entail, inviting the community to have their say – to find out more and complete the online survey, click here.
- Wednesday 20 February, 6-8pm, Stanwell Park CWA
- Sunday 24 February, 11am-1pm, Coledale Markets
- Tuesday 26 February, 6-8pm, Thirroul Community Centre
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