Wollongong City-Wide Development Contributions Plan adopted

One of the ways we plan for the future is by investing in new infrastructure and upgrading existing public facilities for our community.

The Wollongong City-Wide Development Contributions Plan (2020) is an important tool to assist with the funding of public infrastructure within the City of Wollongong.

Now that we’ve adopted the 2020 Plan, we’re getting ready to gear up for some big-ticket projects around the community.

Future funding has been identified for works such as the Cringila Hills Pump Track and the Multipurpose Criterium Track.

“Our public infrastructure has a lifespan and can get worn out over time. It’s important that we continue to upgrade existing facilities and plan for future projects,” Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said.

“We anticipate that Wollongong’s population will continue to grow. This will result in an increase in demand for excellent public facilities such as parks, gardens, footpaths, cycleways and community centres.”

The Wollongong City-Wide Development Contributions Plan is reviewed and updated each year to reflect changes in government legislation and Council’s yearly Infrastructure Delivery Plan. Development contributions are a significant revenue stream to fund public infrastructure.

“Last year we completed a range of public infrastructure projects that were funded or partly funded by the Wollongong City-Wide Development Contributions Plan (2019),” said Cr Bradbery.

“These works included projects such as the Northcliffe Drive roundabout, Brownlee Park Playground replacement, upgrades to Farmborough Heights Community Tennis Courts as well as ongoing upgrades to roads and footpaths around the City.”

The Plan is linked to the Our Wollongong 2028 Community Strategic Plan and the Delivery Program 2018-2022 and Operational Plan 2020-2021 and includes a four-year work schedule. This schedule provides flexibility for infrastructure projects to either be brought forward or delayed, depending on issues such as the timing of approvals.

All land within the Wollongong LGA is considered for investment through the City-Wide Plan, except for the West Dapto Urban Release Area which is funded by a separate Development Contributions Plan.

The Wollongong City-Wide Development Contributions Plan (2020) can be accessed on Council’s website.

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