Wollongong residents can now comment on a $7.05 million package of public infrastructure upgrades being offered by the University of Wollongong as part of a proposed Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) with Wollongong City Council.
The proposed projects include improving vehicular access and egress around the Gwynneville campus and upgrading infrastructure to enable better and safer pedestrian movement and access in the surrounding neighbourhood.
The 10-year plan also includes reducing the adverse impact of stormwater and flooding within the locality, enhancing the Northfields Avenue streetscape and significantly increasing the usability and playability of the popular Kooloobong Ovals.
The proposed VPA is part of the University’s Wollongong Campus Master Plan, published in August 2016, which creates a vision and framework to guide the physical development of the Wollongong campus over the next 20 years.
UOW chief finance officer Damien Israel, said the university was attempting to improve the attractiveness of the Northfields Avenue precinct while doing the best it can for local residents.
“Because we recognise the impact the university has on nearby residents, we’ve prepared a package of projects we believe will be beneficial to the community and enhance the amenity of the local area,” Mr Israel said.
“We want to ensure local residents have plenty of opportunities to have their say before the draft is considered again by Wollongong City Council.”
A public session will be held at UOW’s library on Thursday (6pm-7.30pm) and Friday (9.30am -11am).
Residents can also review the proposed agreement and provide feedback via a survey available on the University’s website at www.uow.edu.au/about/campusmasterplan or make a written submission to Wollongong City Council by 5pm, April 20.