Freedom of Entry parade for crew of HMAS Wollongong

This month Council is granting “Freedom of Entry” to HMAS Wollongong at MacCabe Park.

Visit the Crown Street Mall on Sunday, August 27, at 10.45am, to see the parade. 

The current HMAS Wollongong, an Armidale Class Patrol Boat, has not yet been granted this Freedom.

“Freedom of Entry” to the city dates back to medieval times when a city’s walls provided protection from bandits and attacks from others.  Citizens then granted this Freedom when they were confident of their own safety.

The ship’s company, along with the Royal Australian Navy Band, will march up Crown Street where they will present the scroll to gain entry to the city.

This military parade will proceed through the heart of Wollongong, and Council encourages all community members to join us in the mall to enjoy the parade.

Freedom of Entry for HMAS Wollongong: The ship’s company, along with the Royal Australian Navy Band, will march up Crown Street on Sunday, August 27, where they will present the scroll to gain entry to the city.

Freedom of Entry for HMAS Wollongong: The ship’s company, along with the Royal Australian Navy Band, will march up Crown Street on Sunday, August 27, where they will present the scroll to gain entry to the city.

Draft Urban Greening Strategy

Did you know that some suburbs have a green canopy of about three per cent?

Well our draft Urban Greening Strategy is hoping to redress this imbalance. We’re inviting community members to have a say on the draft Strategy.

The current urban tree canopy over the city is only 17 per cent, on average. This is well below the national average of 39 per cent.

Trees, plants and open space make a significant contribution to our city’s liveability and sustainability.

We encourage the community to have their say to help us make Wollongong a greener location. 

Visit our Have Your Say website for details. You can make a comment until 22 September.

Community Facilities

We’re also looking for comments on what our community facilities offer and what you would like them to offer in the future.

We have public centres, halls and community spaces from Helensburgh to Windang and we’d like to know how these spaces meet your needs and what we might need to do to make sure they’re still valued spaces in the future.

The Community Facilities Planning Survey is open until August 25 and there are two versions.

One is tailored to people who hire a space and deliver programs; the other is for individuals who visit the local facilities. Everyone is welcome to fill in both.

Draft Pedestrian Plan

If you like walking, you might want to comment on our Draft Pedestrian Plan 2017-2021.

The draft Plan aims to build a better connected and walkable city and will be on until September 24.

We hope the new plans will increase the number of people walking on our footpaths and shared paths.  Visit our Have Your Say website to comment and view the draft Pedestrian Plan.