$6.6m worth of Wollongong works wait for green light

Wollongong councillors are expected to divvy out nine tenders worth more than $6 million at Monday's council meeting.

A bridge, ocean pool repairs, car park upgrades and a new playground are among the bevy of projects set to receive the green light if councillors accept the tenders council staff have recommended.

The most expensive item on the list is the $2.8 million reconstruction of the William James Bridge on Cordeaux Road at Mount Kembla.

The dilapidated 1950s-built bridge spanning American Creek will be replaced by a new, higher structure that will incorporate a shared pathway on the southern side.

Funding for the works has been provided by the NSW government through the Resources for Regions program.

Tenders for the upgrading of two ocean pools are also expected to be finalised at the meeting, with Austinmer pool set to get urgent wall repairs and the Continental pool, a new seawall. Council staff said the harsh surf environment had eroded the walls at Austinmer over time, causing them to fail in some areas.

Likewise at the Continental pool, parts of the outer concrete seawall had eroded away, leaving the pool structure itself vulnerable to wave impact.

Austinmer ocean pool is set to get urgent wall repairs. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Austinmer ocean pool is set to get urgent wall repairs. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Other tenders to be decided include the design and construction of a playground at Holborn Park, Berkeley, a new lifeguard tower on Windang Beach and erection of a bus bay and pedestrian refuge at Coalcliff.

Ward 2 councillor Michelle Blicavs said the council had been working on the projects for a while and she was pleased to see them progressing to construction and/or implementation.

"The [Cordeaux Road] bridge, for example, has been in the pipeline for a while but had to get delayed because of the need for urgent repairs on Mount Keira," she said.

Cr Blicavs said finalising the tender for the upgrades to both ocean pools was particularly pleasing, given how popular they were with visitors and residents.

"These two projects, in particular, show the council is committed to keeping our rock pools up to a standard that people can enjoy."


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