Helensburgh Streetscape Masterplan - Project Update

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We spoke with the community in 2019 and 2020 to develop the Helensburgh Town Centre Plan and the Streetscape Masterplan. We've completed Stage 1 works earlier this year and we’re now planning for the Stage 2 and 3 upgrades, following community feedback earlier this year.

You can learn more about the upcoming works by reading the FAQs, looking at the plan for Stage 2 and 3 Streetscape Upgrades and the design for Walker Street Terrace.

Stage 2 works

Stage 2 will focus on improving the safety and accessibility of Walker Street. The works will build on what we’ve already completed in Parkes Street. The Stage 2 upgrades will include:

  • Flattening the road to remove the steep grades and make it easier to park vehicles and access the footpath.
  • An upgrade to the existing raised pedestrian crossing near Coles.
  • A widened footpath to improved pedestrian safety on the corner of Short and Walker Streets,
  • A new footpath along the western side of Walker Street,
  • A new raised crossing on the southern end of Walker Street,
  • A new roundabout on the Lilyvale Street intersection.

Stage 2 works are planned for early 2022, following the summer holidays.

Stage 3 works

Stage 3 will upgrade the Western Terrace and the stairs. The Western Terrace is the area on the south western corner of Walker and Parkes Streets. We’ll replace the existing ramp that connects the crossing at Coles to the shops on the western side of Walker Street. A new set of stairs will go in and we’ll provide a new accessible ramp and stairs next to the Western Terrace.

The design for Walker Street Western Terrace was revised following community feedback earlier this year.

Stage 3 works are planned for later in 2022.

For more information

You can learn more about the upcoming works by reading the FAQs, looking at the plan for Stage 2 and 3 Streetscape Upgrades and the design for Walker Street Terrace.

Printed copies of the plan are also available at the Helensburgh Library.

You can also email engagement@wollongong.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 4227 7111

If you’re d/Deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment, you can contact us through the National Relay Service(External link). If you need an interpreter you can contact us through the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450. You’ll need to provide our phone number (02) 4227 7111 for either service.


We spoke with the community in 2019 and 2020 to develop the Helensburgh Town Centre Plan and the Streetscape Masterplan. We've completed Stage 1 works earlier this year and we’re now planning for the Stage 2 and 3 upgrades, following community feedback earlier this year.

You can learn more about the upcoming works by reading the FAQs, looking at the plan for Stage 2 and 3 Streetscape Upgrades and the design for Walker Street Terrace.

Stage 2 works

Stage 2 will focus on improving the safety and accessibility of Walker Street. The works will build on what we’ve already completed in Parkes Street. The Stage 2 upgrades will include:

  • Flattening the road to remove the steep grades and make it easier to park vehicles and access the footpath.
  • An upgrade to the existing raised pedestrian crossing near Coles.
  • A widened footpath to improved pedestrian safety on the corner of Short and Walker Streets,
  • A new footpath along the western side of Walker Street,
  • A new raised crossing on the southern end of Walker Street,
  • A new roundabout on the Lilyvale Street intersection.

Stage 2 works are planned for early 2022, following the summer holidays.

Stage 3 works

Stage 3 will upgrade the Western Terrace and the stairs. The Western Terrace is the area on the south western corner of Walker and Parkes Streets. We’ll replace the existing ramp that connects the crossing at Coles to the shops on the western side of Walker Street. A new set of stairs will go in and we’ll provide a new accessible ramp and stairs next to the Western Terrace.

The design for Walker Street Western Terrace was revised following community feedback earlier this year.

Stage 3 works are planned for later in 2022.

For more information

You can learn more about the upcoming works by reading the FAQs, looking at the plan for Stage 2 and 3 Streetscape Upgrades and the design for Walker Street Terrace.

Printed copies of the plan are also available at the Helensburgh Library.

You can also email engagement@wollongong.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 4227 7111

If you’re d/Deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment, you can contact us through the National Relay Service(External link). If you need an interpreter you can contact us through the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450. You’ll need to provide our phone number (02) 4227 7111 for either service.


  • New Speed Limit for Helensburgh CBD

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    Transport for NSW has announced that a 30km/h speed limit will be introduced to the Helensburgh Town Centre on Monday 29 August 2022.

    A statement from Transport for NSW on the initiative is as follows:

    Work to introduce a 30 km/h speed limit in Helensburgh town centre as part of a long-term vision to make it a safe and welcoming place to visit, stay and shop is set to start next week.

    A Transport for NSW spokesperson said Transport is working with Wollongong City Council to implement the permanent change to the speed zone from Monday in support of the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions.

    “This work supports the vision set out in the Helensburgh Town Centre Plan of a better connected and pedestrian friendly space,” the spokesperson said.

    “The 30km/h speed zone delivers on Initiative 10 of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Transport Plan and compliments the changes made to the town centre to achieve the strategic vision for the area.

    “This will be the second 30km/h speed zone precinct in south-east NSW and builds on the success of the 30km/h speed zones installed in the Moruya village centre in November 2021.”

    The Transport for NSW spokesperson said Wollongong City Council requested this speed zone change to support the improvements to the Helensburgh town centre.

    “The speed limit on Walker and Parkes Streets at Helensburgh will be reduced from Monday 29 August, with speed new limit signs to be installed at each location, weather permitting,” the spokesperson said.

    Traffic control and a reduced speed limit will be in place for the safety of road users and workers.

    Electronic signs are in place to alert road users to the change.

    Motorists are asked to keep to the displayed speed limit for the safety of all road users.

    Members of the community can sign up at the Safer Roads NSW website to receive updates about changes to permanent speed limits in their area and to have a say on speed limits.

    For more information visit https://www.saferroadsnsw.com.au.

  • Work Update 16 June 2022

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    Council began Stage 2 of the Helensburgh Town Centre upgrade in February 2022. Despite consistent rain, we’ve made significant progress. Work undertaken so far includes:

    • Kerb and gutter on the western side of Walker Street under the trees
    • Water services have been lowered to allow the road reconstruction
    • Road reconstruction completed
    • North side of Short Street is partially complete with paving to be completed
    • Footpath construction western side has commenced


    We will soon have two crews working full time to help maintain the early August delivery.

    Rain has meant some changes to the project time frame with completion of Stage 2 aimed at early August. Following this, we’ll pause construction in the lead up to the UCI Road World Cycling Championships. The race period is from 18 to 26 September 2022. We’ll begin Stage 3, the Walker Street Western Terrace, in the first half of 2023.

    We would like to thank the Helensburgh community for their interest in this comprehensive upgrade and their patience during the extensive work.

  • Work Begins on Stage 2

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    With the busier holiday months behind us, we’re starting works on stage 2 of the Helensburgh Streetscape Masterplan project.

    From Monday 21 February 2022, we’ll be onsite at Walker Street to prune the lower branches of the Brush Box trees that line the western side of the road. Once the trees are trimmed, we’ll begin work to install the new footpath and other traffic calming infrastructure to create a safer and more pleasant environment for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.

    Stage 1 of the Helensburgh Streetscape Masterplan was completed last year. Stage 2 will build upon these completed works to improve safety and accessibility for our community.

    The Stage 2 upgrades include:

    • a new pedestrian path along the western side of the street
    • an upgrade of the pedestrian crossing at Coles and footpath upgrades on the eastern side from the crossing at Coles to the Short Street intersection
    • pedestrian and road safety improvements at Short Street
    • flattening of the steep parking lanes in Walker Street
    • construction of a new roundabout and raised pedestrian crossing on the Lilyvale and Walker Street intersection.

    Transport for NSW manages speed zone changes on our road network and have expressed support of the Helensburgh Town Centre becoming a 30km/h speed zone. These changes to speed zones will be looked at once stage 2 works are complete. We’ll continue to work closely with Transport for NSW to communicate any future changes to residents as they occur.

    There will be intermittent disruptions to parking and detours during the works, but access to Short Street and Walker Lane will be retained at all times. Traffic control will be onsite to support drivers and pedestrians sharing the space and we ask that everyone drives to the conditions.

    One of the parts of the project that we know interests our community is our work to preserve the important Brush Box trees that line Walker and Parkes streets. Council has a plan to preserve and protect all of the trees now and into the future and to achieve this, we’ve carried out detailed aboricultural investigations.


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