New plan in the works for Port Kembla's Hill 60

Restoration: Military tunnels at Hill 60 are likely to be restored.
Restoration: Military tunnels at Hill 60 are likely to be restored.

Wollongong City Council will develop a master plan for Port Kembla's historic Hill 60 to preserve the site's Aboriginal and European heritage and cash in on its tourism potential.

The council has put out a tender for the first stage of the project, which includes reviewing the existing Hill 60 conservation management plan and carrying out widespread consultation with stakeholders about the future of the site.

Tender documents published on the council's website reveal hang-gliders, fishermen and residents are among the target groups for consultation, as well as those involved in bushcare, tourism, heritage, sports and education around the site.

The successful tenderer will also be required to get feedback from traditional custodian groups, in light of the site's significant indigenous cultural heritage.

It is expected the final report, to be lodged with the council by the end of November, will address issues of access and public safety, preserving heritage items on the site and promoting the area as a tourist destination.

These results will then be used to develop the concept master plan.

Long-time Port Kembla campaigner and Ward 3 councillor Ann Martin urged people to get behind the project.

"Personally, I'm very excited about it," she said.

"It's an extraordinary site with so many opportunities."

Cr Martin said some residents and interest groups had already begun discussing possibilities for the site, with many agreeing that restoring the wartime tunnels and bunkers with a view to opening them to tourists should be a priority.

"There are a range of issues to be discussed surrounding the site but there's potential for many projects there," Cr Martin said.

"I really urge people to get involved in the consultation process and put their hands up with ideas."

Tenders close on August 19.


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