Wollongong City Council has proposed a short-term overflow boat and trailer car park at the Bellambi boat ramp to improve safety at the site
The announcement of the plan comes after safety concerns were raised about the park’s capacity not meeting demand for parking spots.
In a statement, the council said the proposed car park would be a pedestrian and vehicle shared zone that would allow safer movement and encourage visitors to be aware when moving in that area.
Wollongong City Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said it was a short-term option ahead of a long-term plan being developed.
“We need a short-term option to manage its increasing popularity and to provide safe and equitable access,” Clr Bradbery said.
The owner of Bellambi fishing shop Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle, Luke Palner said the parking issues needed to be addressed.
“They have needed work down there for years,” Mr Palner said.
“It can get quite busy during the peak times on the weekend and during holidays. If they get good weather on the weekend, I won’t go to make it easier.”
The Wollongong City Council statement said the long-term plan would be determined by a Bellambi Foreshore Masterplan and that would enable the council and the Bellambi community to plan for the future of that area, which would nclude the permanent increase of parking needs.
“We have a beautiful coastline, and it’s important they provide a suitable place to park for people who wish to use this recreational space,” Clr Bradbery said.
“The temporary car park allows us to meet the demands for more parking near the Bellambi foreshore which is really growing in its popularity.”
Clr Bradbery encouraged residents to provide feedback on the plan via the council’s website. The feedback forum will be open until June 18.