THIRROUL’S 125-year-old heritage listed railway station is under threat of demolition.
Railcorp have made an application to the NSW Planning Department to rase the building on the station’s island platform.
The buildings at Thirroul are one of the last remaining working timber station buildings on the South Coast Line and are on the NSW Government’s State Heritage Listing.
The NSW Heritage Council says the structure earmarked for demolition is the original 1887 station building, with extensions made to it in 1915 and again in 1938. The Heritage Council says the platform buildings are good examples of early platform buildings with later adaptations.
Meanwhile Thirroul Branch of the Australian Labor Party president Chris Lacey has condemned the plans to demolish the station.
“We are outraged that Thirroul’s railway and community heritage could be treated with such disrespect, and will mobilise a campaign to oppose any plans to demolish the station,” he said.
“We call on RailCorp to immediately withdraw its development application and start a consultation process with the community about whatever its plans for future development are.”
Public notice of the development application was advertised last week and the NSW Heritage Council is inviting written representations regarding the proposal. Submissions can be made until June 12 2013.
The application and drawings relating to the proposal can be inspected at Wollongong City Council between 9am and 4pm.
The Bulli Times have approached Railcorp and Wollongong City Council for comment. For more information visit the Department of Planning website.