Work has started on three significant, and long anticipated, projects in Kiama, Gerringong and Jamberoo that will greatly improve amentity for locals and visitors.
The first stage of landscaping the reserve next to The Hill development in Gerringong is expected to be finished by Christmas, as is the upgrade of the toilet facilities within the Kiama Surf Club at Surf Beach.
“It needs to be acknowledged that the Noble Brothers and Council have worked hard to get a result that complements the town’s entrance,” says Mel Matters, one of the owners of The Hill Bar and Kitchen.
“People often comment to me on how well the new works in with the old.
“Council’s plan to tier down the reserve will make it great for families to enjoy.”
Council is investing more than $150,000 to terrace the reserve and install picnic tables.
The final design of the landscaping includes many suggestions received during the exhibition of the plans.
Patrick Mahedy, Chair of the Gerringong Association, welcomes the beginning of the work.
“It is exciting to see the work started, and we are encouraged Council has embraced our suggestions for making the design more user friendly,” he says.
“We hope Stage II can happen soon.”
The new-look reserve will be wheelchair accessible while the picnic tables will be made from recycled materials.
Council has also begun upgrading the public toilets at Surf Beach.
The upgrade, worth $100,000, involves removing the existing original toilets and showers, and replacing them with completely new showers, toilets (including an accessible one) and change rooms.
Portable toilets will be available while work is being completed. The accessible toilet at the rear of the Surf Club will remain open.
The major upgrade of the amenities at Kevin Walsh Oval at Jamberoo will not be completed by Christmas, but by May next year.
It is part of $1.08 million worth of improvements to the Jamberoo Sports Precinct, funded by Kiama Council and the NSW Government through its Stronger Country Communities Fund.
The upgrade will provide users of the oval with fully refurbished toilets, change rooms and a canteen as well as the installation of a fully accessible disability toilet.
The adjacent male toilets will remain open during construction, and the Jamberoo Pool amenities are available for public use.