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Workshop on future of Bald Hill

A SECOND design workshop or charrette on the future of Bald Hill at Stanwell Tops will be held on Friday June 22 by Wollongong City Council and its consultants, ARUP.

The second session will focus on design principles and reviewing potential layouts for the site.

Cr Leigh Colacino is keen to see more involvement from the local community in the second round of community engagement for this important project.

“After the first round of engagement in May, it was clear that people wanted changes to protect the views, be visually low key, to recognise the aviation history of the site and the beach below, to resolve parking and access, and provide clean accessible toilets,” Cr Colacino said.

“Since May the consultants have taken this information, developed a set of draft design principles and held discussions with a number of third parties, including Roads and Maritime Services.”

A draft site layout options will be discussed at the three-hour design workshop on June 22. For people who can’t attend the design session, they can drop in on the team outside Bi-Lo on Saturday June 23 between 10am – 12noon to see the options and give feedback.  Alternatively, the draft design concepts will be available online from June 25 for two weeks for feedback.

“If you’ve got something to say about Bald Hill please register to attend the design session.  You don’t need to have attended the first session,” Cr Colacino said.

Following the feedback from the sessionsan updated draft design will be placed online from June 25.

To register your attendance at the June 22 design workshop or to find out more about the project phone 1800 657 248 or email baldhillmasterplan@arup.com

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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