May 5, 2009

$2.9 million to help build Wollongong City Cliff Road Promenade

$2.9 million to help build Wollongong City Cliff Road Promenade

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 5 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Mark Arbib, Parliamentary Secretary for Government Service Delivery have announced the Rudd Labor Government will offer $2.9 million towards the new Cliff Road pedestrian promenade in Wollongong.

The Cliff Road Promenade project, funded under the Rudd Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan, is part of Wollongong’s Blue Mile Master Plan to boost tourism, improve infrastructure for the community and revitalise the Illawarra economy.

Senator Arbib was in Wollongong for the announcement today with Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird.

The Australian Government is funding more than 85 per cent of this $3.4 million project. Our funding is part of our $800 million Community Infrastructure Program – the largest one-off investment in local infrastructure in Australia’s history.

Through the Rudd Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan, we are investing in major projects like this to support local jobs and economies during the global recession.

The project, managed by the Wollongong City Council, will deliver a modern and tourist-friendly facility to serve the Wollongong region and the New South Wales South Coast.

The 900-metre pedestrian promenade along the eastern side of Cliff Road will also improve access to the coastline below, particularly to the continental baths. It includes:

  •  A suspended concrete path along the entire eastern side of Cliff Road;
  •  Viewing decks to take advantage of coastal views;
  •  Adjacent on-road cycleway to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists;
  •  A new high quality safety fence along the eastern perimeter of the walk;
  •  Landscaping and lighting at the cliff top area; and
  •  Controlling existing erosion on the slope, slope stabilisation and removal of weeds.

This funding will help bring more locals and visitors to the area by creating one of the major scenic walks in the Illawarra. It will also encourage retail trade for local businesses and provide a link between the tourist precincts of Belmore Basin and North Wollongong.

This funding builds on nearly $2.15 million that the Rudd Government has already delivered for 10 local projects this year. It brings Rudd Government investment in the Wollongong City area to $5.05 million this year.

Nearly 70 per cent of the Stimulus Plan is infrastructure, with many construction projects already underway. For more detail on the Economic Stimulus Plan visit www.economicstimulusplan.gov.au.