In accordance with the goals of the Wollongong City Council Corporate Plan, Council will manage the development program for West Dapto to achieve an economic, environmental and socially sustainable urban development for the current and future residents of Wollongong.
“ West Dapto will grow over several decades as a series of integrated communities within the spectacular natural landscape of riparian valleys and escarpment backdrop. These communities will be highly accessible and be linked with public transport as well as encourage walking and cycling. Local places and centres will provide for shopping, services and jobs, and significant new areas will be developed for employment generation for new residents. The natural and cultural heritage of the area will be integrated with new urban development and a long term strategy to oversee the timely implementation of infrastructure will deliver sustainable and high quality suburbs.”
The West Dapto Master Plan is the development planned for the West Dapto area. Through urban development the Wollongong City Council aims to establish Dapto as a strong sub-regional centre. West Dapto has been identified as having the potential to accommodate over 55000 people.
When investigating population growth in West Dapto a total of 32 surveys were handed out. They were evenly distributed between the age groups of under 18, 19 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, and over 50.
The questions that were asked were concerned with current issues in the region and predicted issues for the future, as well as enquiring about the perceived effects socially, environmentally and economically.
These particular surveys were useful as they provided the thoughts, feelings and opinions of those people who lived in and around the area. They were important as they provided information from citizens who are subjected to the issues surrounding population growth.
Photographs were taken of the local area to provide visuals for people to identify with. Photos were taken of such things as roads, parks, Dapto Public Primary School and the land for the planned development.
These photos can be used to show location, size, condition, and aesthetic qualities of certain objects/places in the area.
An interview between Eliza and Alison Lambert from the Development Assessment & Compliance Department of the Wollongong City Council was used. This gave insight into the Council’s plans for the region in relation to what the development entailed and what demographic was expected to move to the area.
Wollongong City Council reports were used to provide an outline of the development plans for West Dapto and surrounding areas. These reports could be used to identify studies that have been undertaken. The conclusions from these studies can be used to aid in isolating issues that will arise from the development,
Aim 1: To identify the social impacts of the West Dapto Master Plan. Hypothesis 1: That the West Dapto Master Plan’s largest impact will be population growth, resulting in a larger sense of community.
The Wollongong City Council predicts that by 2026 the population of Wollongong will have increased to 235000. West Dapto has been highlighted as an area that could accommodate 55000 people in up to 23000 dwellings. Depending on the Council and residents efforts this increase could result in either:
a larger sense of community and togetherness
isolation and loneliness
Parks and recreation areas, sporting facilities Playgroups, schools, churches Connection of suburbs Community centre, community social events Easy access and connections between residents of suburbs Bring the whole, wider community together Bringing together people with common interests. Public places gives the community areas to come together and interact A sense of community and togetherness
Isolation of suburbs Busier Too many people Overwhelming – transform into a city lifestyle rather than a suburban lifestyle Less time to socialize in community Association only within suburbs and not larger community Sense of isolation and loneliness
Aim 2: To identify the economical impacts of the West Dapto Master Plan. Hypothesis 2: That the West Dapto Master Plan will boost the economy of the local region, bringing businesses and employment opportunities to the region. As well as aiming to increase population in West Dapto the council also aims on establishing several business areas. The construction of business/industrial/warehousing precincts will bring an estimated 33452 jobs to the region by 2027. As Dapto is being planned to become a sub-regional centre it is likely to provide incentive for businesses to invest in the local area. The coinciding Dapto Mall revitalisation along with shops and local businesses that will be set up in West Dapto means that residents won’t have to travel far to go to the shops and are more likely to buy locally, keeping their money in the area. It is also likely to attract people who live locally, in the Wollongong area but not in the actual area, bringing more money into the local economy.
Because Dapto is trying to be established as a sub-regional centre lots of money will be put into the developing the area. Both the state government and the local council will also be directing their resources to the region and will put in lots of effort to help establish the area.
The West Dapto Release will bring an unprecedented number of people to the area, which will put an immense amount of pressure on the Council to provide for them. Current concerns with the area such as traffic, road conditions and access will only increase and if they aren’t already being addressed will come to the Council’s attention shortly. Depending on the composition of the population more resources will be needed to provide for certain age groups.
Aim 3: To predict the resources that will be needed in the future. Hypothesis 3: That the resources needed will mostly be to cater for young people and families.
If current trends continue the population is likely to be made up of more young people and adults resulting in a largely family orientated region. This means that resources likely to be needed include:
The development of West Dapto will have major effects socially and economically but there are numerous ways in which they can be controlled and managed effectively to keep with the West Dapto Release Area statement that: In accordance with the goals of the Wollongong City Council Corporate Plan, Council will manage the development program for West Dapto to achieve an economic, environmental and socially sustainable urban development for the current and future residents of Wollongong.