First step in leasing Gleniffer Brae gets underway

THE first step in the controversial proposal by Wollongong City Council to lease historic Gleniffer Brae at Keiraville to the University of Wollongong will begin next week when plan goes on public exhibition.

Council will begin community consultation on the draft Planning Proposal for Gleniffer Brae house and the former school buildings, and the surrounding Sorenson gardens. The draft proposal has been reviewed by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure and has been approved for public exhibition.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the proposal involves reclassifying the site to enable the subdivision and sale of part of the Sydney Church of England Girls Grammar School (SCEGGS) buildings and the lease of the Gleniffer Brae house and Sorenson gardens to the University of Wollongong.

“Council is seeking comment and submissions from the community. There has already been considerable interest in this historically significant site. There are plenty of opportunities for all community members to get involved and either visit one of the three community information sessions, view the proposals on line or attend the public hearing in September,” he said.

The public hearing at the auditorium of the Wollongong Town Hall from 6pm to 8pm on September 4 is expected to attract plenty of interest. People wishing to attend should contact Council to register.

“Council is also asking people to bring with them photos of Gleniffer Brae and the Sydney Church of England Girls Grammar School (SCEGGS) to the information sessions. We will have Local Studies library staff on hand to scan photos from the community for the city’s archives,” Cr Bradbery said.

The draft Planning Proposal will be on exhibition between July 16 and September 16.

Council will hold three community information sessions. The first will be held at Gleniffer Brae on Saturday July 28 between 1pm and 4pm. Council staff, community groups and the University of Wollongong will be on hand to discuss the proposal and answer questions.

There will be two information sessions at the Council’s Administration Centre, in the Level 9 Function Room between 5pm and 7pm on Wednesday August 8 and Wednesday August 15.

The draft Planning Proposal and other documents can be viewed at:

  • Council Libraries at Wollongong, Corrimal, Thirroul and Helensburgh during library hours
  • Council Administration Building 41 Burelli Street Wollongong between 9am and 5pm weekdays.
  • Or online at

To make a submission, write or email Council at The General Manager Wollongong City Council, Locked Bag 8821 Wollongong DC 2500 or email before the submission period closes on September 14 2012.

About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and 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 Australia 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 writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed 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 Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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