Community input wanted on rock pool funds

WOLLONGONG City Council will hold a kiosk this weekend to collect feedback on how money in the Stanwell Park Rock Pool Trust Fund should be spent.

The kiosk is at Stanwell Park Beach Reserve this Saturday from 10am to midday. There staff will collect the community’s suggestions on ways the money – raised over a number of years by the Stanwell Park Rock Pool Committee – could be spent.

The Committee was formed in 1962 with the aim of building a rock pool in the area. However, due to site constraints, increasing cost estimates and pools nearby in Coalcliff and Helensburgh, Council resolved in 1982 to hold funds raised by the Committee in Trust.

Following representations from current members of the Committee, Council is seeking the community’s thoughts on how the $165,000 should be spent in the future.

Rather than nominate a specific recreation project, Council is keen to have broader community input into how this money should be used and we’re really keen to hear what people would like. As the original goal was about a recreational pursuit Council prefers the funds towards a recreational service or facility.

The on-site kiosk on Saturday will be followed by another kiosk next weekend, at Stanwell Park Surf Lifesaving Club. People can also have their say by filling in a feedback form available from Helensburgh and Thirroul libraries or from Council’s website.

Feedback will be received up until Wednesday September, 26.


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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