Grand Pacific Walk free water project

Article image - Grand Pacific Walk free water project Grand Pacific Walk - Free Water Project overwhelmingly won the community vote in the Keira District Division of the NSW My Community Project Awards.

This summer in Wollongong, it will be easier to quench your thirst with nine new water refilling stations installed from Pinecourt Reserve in Austinmer to East Corrimal Beach. 

The Grand Pacific Walk free water project is a joint initiative between Wollongong City Council and the Austinmer/Thirroul Lions Clubs with funding from the new South Wales Government’s My Community Project.

Lord Mayor, Gordon Bradbery AM said the water refill installations provide a valuable opportunity for walkers and cyclists to fill up water on the go.

“Over the last few months, we’ve noticed a big increase in the number of people using Council’s public spaces such as the Grand Pacific Walk for socially distant exercise.

“With summer just around the corner, the new water refilling stations are a great way for people to make the most of the outdoors and stay hydrated when exploring some of our foreshore parks along the coastal pathway. 

Director of Sustainable Finance New South Wales Treasury, Dr Angela Cummine said My Community Project was a fantastic example of grassroots democracy in action.

“This innovative program was designed for residents to have a say in how to enrich their local area, improving facilities that are unique to their community, and these new water refilling stations along the Grand Pacific Walk will do just that.

“It’s great to see projects like this being delivered right across the state and I congratulate and thank everyone who was involved for their commitment and dedication to taking a great idea and turning it into reality.”

Each new water refilling station along the Grand
Pacific Walk has been decorated with an original artwork created by students from local primary schools. The children’s artwork design selection was facilitated by the Austinmer/Thirroul Lions Club who worked with local schools to run a design competition.

“I thank the Austinmer/Thirroul Lions Clubs who came forward with this plan and sought funding from the NSW State Government to help make it happen. It’s a great example of what can happen when passionate community members collaborate with government.’’