Thirroul’s historic station threatened with demolition

The heritage listed Thirroul Railway Station building under threat of demolition.

The heritage listed Thirroul Railway Station building under threat of demolition.

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.

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.


3 thoughts on “Thirroul’s historic station threatened with demolition

  1. Reblogged this on Javmode.


    Posted by warero | May 29, 2013, 12:33 pm
  2. We have the same at Newcastle they want to cut the rail line


    Posted by Bob | May 30, 2013, 1:18 pm
  3. I use this station 6 days per week & would definitely rather a proper modern facility than the current old run down buildings (both in the centre island & the main building) that belong to an operational era long passed. The structure in question does not even have toilet facilities. A new structure should incorporate a weatherproof waiting room of adequate size, adequate seating & toilets (incl. a disabled facility), as well as necessary storage / operational rooms for the rail staff. This is a working major-link rail station & should be equipped as such.


    Posted by Ras | June 12, 2013, 4:58 am

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