A Foley Labor Government will invest $3.7 million towards delivering the Killalea State Park coastal walk and secondary access project, $1 million towards the upgrade of Warilla Surf Club and $50,000 towards the sealing of access roads within Bass Point Reserve, Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, announced today.

“Currently Killalea is the ‘missing link’ between Kiama and Shellharbour for a scenic, pedestrian walkway.

“Labor’s $3.7 million investment will deliver a walkway to Killalea Beach and around Killalea Lagoon allowing access to Maloney’s bay and Bass Point to the north, while linking Killalea State Park to Minnamurra in the south.

“We will in delivering this project complete a ‘coastal link’ spanning over 20 kilometres from Lake Illawarra to Kiama station and further to Kiama’s Blowhole Reserve.

“Four kilometres of the walkway will be specifically designed to provide access for physically impaired people to ensure they can have the same type of access to Killalea Beach and Killalea Lagoon.

“Materials to be used in construction of the walkway intend to visually blend into the surrounding environment using sustainable and locally-sourced products.

“In addition, the investment will deliver a secondary access point to Killalea State Park through Buckley’s Road at Dunmore, which will help divert traffic off local residential roads throughout Shell Cove.

“This project was rejected by the Liberals’ under their $100 million Restart Illawarra Fund.

Ms Watson also announced that $1 million would be set aside from Labor’s $20 million Illawarra Surf Club Enhancement Program to upgrade the existing Warilla Surf Club.

“I’m really pleased to announce that $1 million will be set aside for the upgrade and redevelopment of Warilla Surf Club.

“Warilla Surf Club has been the poor cousin of the region’s surf clubs for far too long.

“It’s time to give the Warilla Surf Club a hand-up so it can continue to provide vital support to our local beach-loving community in modernised facilities”, she said.

In addition, Ms Watson announced that Shellharbour City Council would receive $50,000 in funding to help resurface access roads within Bass Point Reserve, if Labor was elected to government on Saturday.

She said that the $3.7 million investment for the Killalea coastal walkway and secondary access project; $50,000 grant to resurface Bass Point roads and the Warilla Surf Club upgrade would be set aside from Labor’s $380 million Illawarra Infrastructure Investment Fund.

“Labor makes no apology for making sure our local community in the southern Illawarra gets its fair share and a fair go from the Liberals’ sell-off of our regional asset – the Port of Port Kembla”, she said.

The announcements today build on other announcements made in recent weeks by Ms Watson in Shellharbour City, including:

  • $4.3 million Shellharbour Foreshore upgrade;
  • $1.7 million mainstreet improvements to Shellharbour Village;
  • $2.1 million improvements to traffic and footpaths for Warilla CBD;
  • $30 million for Stage 1 major upgrade to Shellharbour Hospital;
  • $119,000 to install a security fence at Shellharbour Public School;
  • Restoring the Lake Illawarra Authority with $1.2 million in annual funding;
  • Restoring the direct election of the Shellharbour Mayor and
  • Scoping study for establishing a new high school in Flinders.


24 March 2015