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Future of Gleniffer Brae about to be decided

Historic Gleniffer Brae.

A COMMUNITY information session to talk about a draft planning proposal for Gleniffer Brae will be held on Saturday July 28 on the site.

Wollongong City Council is exhibiting the draft planning proposal for Gleniffer Brae house and grounds. The objective is to permit the use of Gleniffer Brae house and grounds as a function centre and educational establishment and for the development of a creative arts centre on the southern section of the site.

Wollongong City Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the draft proposal will be on public exhibition until 14 September.

“Besides the information session on Saturday there will be other opportunities to view the proposal and to make comment,” Cr Bradbery said.

“Council is also keen to have people bring photos that relate to Gleniffer Brae house and the Sydney Church of England Girls Grammar School (SCEGGS) to all the information sessions. We will have Local Studies staff on hand to scan the photos from the community for our archives.”

Representatives from Council, the University of Wollongong, and a number of community groups will be on hand at Saturday’s information session which will be held from 1pm to 4pm at Gleniffer Brae.

Council will also conduct community information sessions on August 8 and August 15, at Wollongong City Council Administration Building’s Level 9 Function Room between 5-7pm.

There will be a public hearing on the proposal on Tuesday September 4 in the Wollongong Town Hall from 6pm to 8.30pm. This hearing will be facilitated by Twyfords Communications Consultants.

A report on the public exhibition, information sessions, public hearing and community comments will be considered by Council later this year.

For more information call Council’s Customer Service Centre on (02) 4227 7111.

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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