Community persistence has paid off for Keiraville and Gwynneville residents, with Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery set to propose a traffic study of the area.
At Monday's Wollongong City Council meeting, Cr Bradbery will put forward a mayoral minute recommending the council write to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, NSW Roads and Maritime Services, Transport for NSW and the University of Wollongong to seek their commitment to support and jointly fund the development of an access and movement study for Keiraville and Gwynneville.
Residents of the two suburbs have been campaigning for the study to address traffic and safety concerns, including parking congestion around the hospital and university, and pedestrian safety.
Keiraville resident Bess Moylan said it was good to see the council being proactive about the situation.
"It shows the value of that partnership approach, that co-ordinated approach, rather than a reactive approach," she said.
"It shows maybe a way forward where communities can be involved and get on the front foot, rather than being seen as being reactive and negative and anti-development, to get these things looked at before the problems escalate."
Ms Moylan hoped the recommendations would gain the support of the council.
"I think partnership is a good way to approach it. Council's right in identifying that it's not just their responsibility, or just the university's, or just the community's, or just RMS's, it does need to be a co-ordinated effort."
The traffic study was considered by the council in its 2014-15 annual plan but no funding was allocated for it.