Blue Mile work progressing well

Innovative work: The new technique for installing the seawall panels mean they’re more durable than traditional stainless steel and should be here for generations to come.
Innovative work: The new technique for installing the seawall panels mean they’re more durable than traditional stainless steel and should be here for generations to come.

Cliff Road’s Battery Park is the best place to get a bird’s eye view of the action underway as part of the Blue Mile Tramway Seawall & Shared Path Upgrade.

The project started in March and is currently on schedule with almost half of the 140 new seawall panels now in place, and plans to start the widened footpath well underway. The rock bolting and scaling work along the cliff face is continuing and will reduce the risk of debris falling onto the new shared path once it’s completed.

Each of the seawall panels are glass fibre reinforced and individually cast off site and range in weight from 7.5 to 10 tonnes each. They can take up to two hours to install, and are locked into place in a trench on the existing rock shelf using marine-grade cement.

For the latest news, and to see a short video showcasing the latest work, visit Council’s website www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au/bluemile

Getting caught without a book to read will be a thing of the past thanks to Wollongong City Council’s Libraries Everywhere project.

Launched last week (Monday 31 July), Libraries Everywhere is part of a worldwide movement that is about increasing access to literature by installing Book Boxes in key locations between Helensburgh and Windang.

The books are free to pick up and read, and you don’t need to be a member of Wollongong City Libraries to participate. In fact, everyone is encouraged to share their own pre-loved books and each box holds up to 150 books.

The Libraries Everywhere Book Boxes are located at Warrawong Community Centre; Port Kembla Community Centre; Koonawarra Community Centre; Cringila Community Halls; Crown Street Mall – lower Mall; Beaton Park Leisure Centre; Wollongong Botanic Garden; Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre; Bulli Senior Citizens Centre/Bulli Preschool; Stanwell Park Children’s Centre.

Have you seen the results of Port Kembla 7 Day Makeover in the Allan Street Precinct?

Port Kembla is the first suburb in NSW to experience the 7 Day Makeover, an initiative created by the professional placemaker David Engwicht from Creative Communities, and supported by Wollongong City Council.

It ran from Saturday, July 29, with a two-day workshop, and wrapped up on Friday, August 4 after a five-day practical makeover of the street that runs off Wentworth Street in the heart of the suburb.

As part of the Makeover, Council is also installing a new playground with features including a slide, a climbing frame and balancing bridge.

For more information visit Council’s website, wollongong.nsw.gov.au.