Roads, sports fields and beaches update – Wollongong

Harry Graham Drive, Darkes Road, the Lower Coast Road, Stanwell Park and Otford weirs are all currently closed.

We are asking drivers to be cautious driving along the stretch between Austinmer and Bald Hill as there are spots along Lawrence Hargrave Drive where water is running across the road. There are “water over road” signs on Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Wombarra near the bowling club.

In anticipation of heavy rain, we have placed “water over road” signs Northcliffe Drive near the yacht club and AFL fields at Warrawong, Old Port Road, Blackman Parade and Central Avenue near Wests Leagues Club, and Avondale Road.

Council crews continue to be out in our community inspecting our roads and culverts. Where there is a break in the weather, our crews are filling potholes that have opened up due to water seeping through the road pavement. We’re prioritising potholes that are of particularly risk to safety – such as a pothole at the intersection of Darkes and West Dapto roads where temporary repairs have been undertaken ahead of more extensive repair works when the weather improves. Community members can help us in tackling this challenge by letting us know so we can task one of our crews. It’s easy to report – just fill out our online form at https://www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au/…/rep…/roads-footpaths

With this week’s forecast for ongoing wet and rainy weather, we ask that everyone continues to stay safe and to drive carefully and taking it easy on our roads.

Sand is available at Rex Jackson Oval, Bellambi Boat Ramp overflow car park, Fairy Meadow Beach car park and Fred Finch Park, and community members are welcome to take their own bags and shovels to fill their own sandbags for residential use.

We will continue to monitor road conditions across the city, and we have teams on standby to make areas safe should the strong winds bring down trees on public land.

Our 17 patrolled beaches along with the Continental Pool, Port Kembla Pool and Thirroul Pool remain closed due to predicted rainfall impacting on ocean water quality and hazardous sea conditions. We will continue to reassess the conditions across the week.

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