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Termites attack Wollongong’s oldest public building

The Bulli Miners Cottage

By MICK ROBERTS.

WOLLONGONG City Council says termites have been removed from one of its most historic public buildings.

Termite damage was first noticed in the 1860s cottage some time ago, a spokesperson told The Bulli Times, and immediate steps were made to eradicate the pest.

“Since that time the termites have been treated and a regular monitoring program implemented,” a spokesperson said.

“The last termite inspection was in February this year and no active termites were identified.”

Council said inspections for termites was done on a regular basis.

Heritage experts, historians and the wider community are calling on Council to find a practical and sympathetic use for the cottage and to repair damage before it’s beyond saving.

Council purchased the timber slab miners cottage for $700,000 in 1990 and appointed a management committee to operate the property as an interpretive miner’s museum.

The spokesperson said the Bulli Miner’s Cottage Management Committee was dissolved in 2007 and the building was brought under the care of Council.

The Bulli Times believes the committee was dissolved due to a lack of interest despite several attempts from members of the local community to become involved in the cottage’s management.

A building condition assessment was completed in December last year and the spokesperson said Council is in the process of implementing immediate priority works that can proceed prior to finalising the future use of the building.

Works includes the replacement and repair of all site fencing, the spokesperson said.

In addition to this, Council is also currently working through potential re-use options for the cottage.

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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