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Offer of Hill 60 land welcomed.



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Offer of Hill 60 land welcomed - 27/10/2006

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Wollongong City Council Locked Bag 8821, Wollongong, NSW 2500 Phone +612 4227-7111 Fax +612 4227-7277 Site notices and enquiries to: mailbox@wollongong.nsw.gov.au

Wollongong City Council has thanked the Federal Department of Defence following their offe land at Hill 60, Port Kembla which the community have been seeking to have returned as pub space.

The Department offered the site, adjacent to a section of State Heritage listed land surroundi 60, to Council for the nominal price of $1 after announcing its intention to sell the site earlier t year.

The land is a site of significance for the indigenous community of the Illawarra which was ass by the Department of Defence for wartime operations in 1941.

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Alex Darling, said Council was grateful for the Department’s offer thanked both the Federal Government and local community members involved in foreshadow the decision.

“It is pleasing to see the Department recognise this land is important to all local residents, bu particularly our indigenous people, and follow through by making this offer to Council,” the Lo Mayor said.

“This offer is in no small part due to the efforts of the residents who raised the issue as one o importance with the Government, and of Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells who advocated community’s behalf for its return.”

“Council will now consider whether to accept this offer but looks forward to working with resid open up this land as public space complete with appropriate facilities such as walking trails a on,” the Lord Mayor added.

A timeline for Councillors to consider the offer has not yet been set, however Councillors will rezoning the land parcel from its current 2(a) Low Density Residential classification to RE1 P Recreation Zone at its Environment and Planning Committee meeting on 6 November.

Further Information

Contact: Lord Mayor's office Phone: (02) 4227 7111 Email: mailbox@wollongong.nsw.gov.au