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Mall’s ‘bird cage’ no more

Wollongong Mall's 'bird cage' is about to be dismantled.

Wollongong Mall’s ‘bird cage’ is about to be dismantled. PHOTO: Warren & Diana Ackary.

WOLLONGONG’S infamous ‘bird cage’ is about to be dismantled.

Work began on the Crown Street Mall refurbishment with the contractor moving into the chessboard area to begin demolition works during Sunday.

The work includes removing the amphitheatre and steel arches, better known as the bird cage, and is expected to take about six weeks.

The work will be carried out after hours to minimise disruption to shoppers, retailers and business owners.

Manager Public Relations Susan Wardle said there may be increased noise and dust levels when demolition is occurring after hours.

“During demolition there will be changes to vehicle and pedestrian access,” Ms Wardle said.

“There will be plenty of signs indicating how you can still move through the Mall.”

The first stage of construction work will be started straight after the demolition works. During the construction updates will be posted on Council’s website.

Wollongong City Council Mall refurbishment is partly funded by Regional Development Australia through a $5 million grant.

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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