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Heritage award for pavillion restoration

The historic North Wollongong Bathers Pavillion. PHOTO: Wollongong City Council

The historic North Wollongong Bathers Pavillion. PHOTO: Wollongong City Council

THE North Beach Bathers Pavilion has won the Regeneration and New Development award at the National Trust of Australia (NSW) Heritage Awards.

The award was presented at a ceremony at Doltone House in Jones Bay, Sydney.

The award recognises the conservation of built heritage through design, capital works and repair.

Wollongong City Council reopened the North Beach Bathers Pavilion in September 2012 following a complex, and extensive renovation of the building and its surrounds. The building’s brickwork was cleaned, repaired and repointed, public amenities were upgraded and there was the addition of a new café.

Outside there was wide-ranging work done to the building’s surrounds including a new pedestrian promenade, the replacement of the seawall and the construction of new retaining walls. This work was completed as part of the broader Blue Mile project.

Wollongong  Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbury said the award acknowledges what Council and the community was able to achieve in the restoration of the building.

“Before the work, the 75-year-old building was tired, rundown and had seen better days,” he said.

“Anyone who has visited the North Beach precinct since September last year will certainly agree that her renovation has been worth it. This building is the jewel in our beachside crown.

“We knew the hard work, care and consideration that went into this renovation was worth celebrating. Now, with this National Trust award, the wider community does as well.’’

An Aboriginal Culture & Heritage Development Assessment Toolkit, developed for Wollongong City Council, Shellharbour City Council and Kiama Municipal Council also collected an award.

The Toolkit won a Highly Commended in the Research and Investigation/Analysis award. The Toolkit aims to provide a holistic local government approach to the consideration and conservation of Aboriginal culture and heritage in the Development Application process.

Shellharbour City Council adopted the toolkitin April. It’s anticipated a report will go to Council in the coming months in relation to the toolkit being included in the revised Draft Aboriginal Heritage DCP Chapter.

“I’m so proud of our achievements and what they represent for Council, and our community,’’ Cr Bradbery said.

“Both these awards recognise the steps Council is taking to ensure we have a beautiful city where people are proud of – and protect – all of our cultural heritage.’’

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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