Austinmer road sale proposed at contested Sublime Point walk hotspot

CONTESTED: The northern end of Buttenshaw Drive, near the start of the Sublime Point walking track.
CONTESTED: The northern end of Buttenshaw Drive, near the start of the Sublime Point walking track.

Wollongong City Council is proposing to sell off another part of the council-owed road reserve, this time in the hotly contested area at the foot of the Sublime Point walking track.

After an application from a member of the public, council is asking for public comment on the sale.

Selling the land would significantly narrow the access roadway between Buttenshaw Dr and Foothills Rd but council said it will ensure the link remains open.

“Council is not considering closing the connection between these two streets,” a spokeswoman said.

It was not yet clear which landowners would buy the road land if it were closed. The spokeswoman said it would be offered to each adjoining landowner.

“If council was to view the application favourably, then we would approach all the landowners adjacent to the strip of land covered by the proposal and offer them the chance to purchase the strip bordering their property,” she said.

“As the section of land is an access point to multiple, individual properties, it would not be sold in its entirety to one individual.”

Residents in the area have become frustrated in recent years by the explosion in traffic as people come to walk up Sublime Point, with both sides of the road packed with cars on weekends.

The competition for space has led to some run-ins between walkers and residents, who have complained about walkers using their land as a toilet.

Some signs pointing to the walking track have been removed or painted over.

The proposal is open for comment until August 29 via the council website.