New sporting amenities and carpark, an expanded play space, upgraded picnic facilities and a shared path are all part of the vision for Port Kembla’s King George V Park.
On Monday 19 July, Council adopted the King George V Park Recreation Master Plan following its extensive engagement with the community. The Plan aims to build on this highly valued community area with improvements to existing facilities, as well as new features.
The adopted Plan’s new features include contemporary gender-neutral change rooms, connecting pathways, picnic facilities and native grass planting. There will also be a viewing vantage point of the coast with seating and integrated artwork.
Children and families will have more space to play, with the Plan including an expanded play area which incorporate the adjoining hill for exciting adventure opportunities. A new multi sports area will be created, transforming the existing hardcourt area with new fencing, seating and shelters whilst Council will continue to explore opportunities for a local level skate facility.
Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said King George V Park is a popular area and engaging with the local community was critical in developing and refining the Master Plan.
“We heard from a range of users of the park including Port Kembla residents, Aboriginal Elders and community members, sporting groups, local schools, and community groups such as our Bushcare volunteers. This helped us refine the plan, so it reflects and caters to the needs of our diverse community.” Cr Bradbery said
The draft Master Plan was developed following initial community engagement in October and November 2020. The community’s aspirations directly informed the Plan’s content. This draft Plan was then placed on public exhibition between February and March 2021 for feedback as well as a series of community engagement initiatives.
“The new features will help improve the park and make visits – whether that’s strolling through, playing a game of basketball or having an outdoor family picnic – much easier and more enjoyable for those who live in the community around it as well as those further afield.” Cr Bradbery said.
“There is also a focus on ensuring safe and accessible movements around the area with new connecting paths in the park, pedestrian safety measures and a shared path along Military Road. We will also explore skate facility options and ways to retain existing bush care native shade trees.”
“We know that the Port Kembla area has a strong Aboriginal cultural heritage and we will be working together with the Aboriginal community to deliver the plan. There is a lot to look forward too with the future of much-loved King George V park and we’re excited to see the plan come to life for our community and visitors to enjoy.”