Check mate for mall chess board

The chess board has been removed from Wollongong Mall and work is about to commence on the demolition of the amphitheatre this weekend.

The chess board has been removed from Wollongong Mall and work is about to commence on the demolition of the amphitheatre this weekend.

WORK on removing the chessboard area in the Crown Street Mall is being finalised with demolition now moving to the amphitheatre.

The chessboard area has been levelled and a seal of asphalt put in place so the site can be temporarily reopened until construction begins.

Amphitheatre demolition will begin on Sunday March 17 with work being conducted in the evening.

Contractors will move the site fencing away from the shop fronts in Church Street and use these for the amphitheatre demolition. Work to remove the steel arches will follow the removal of the amphitheatre.

All removal works will be carried out after hours to minimise disruption to shoppers, retailers and business owners. Retail businesses remain open for business during the refurbishment and there is ample parking throughout the city so you can access your favourites shops.

Wollongong City Council is refurbishing the Crown Street Mall with the project part funded by Regional Development Australia through a $5 million grant.


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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