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Corrimal library upgrade

WORK on the refurbishment of the Corrimal District Library and Community Centre will proceed following a Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme funding.
The project will also enable Wollongong City Council to remove the two ageing buildings in Corrimal’s Memorial Park.
“This funding will enable Council to refurbish and upgrade the wonderful centre and library at Corrimal,” Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.
“It will help us to renew the existing kitchen, give the centre a new lick of paint, put down new floor coverings, upgrade the lighting, install a shade sail and renew a section of library shelving. “This is about the best use of our quality community centres and facilities.”
In the meantime the funding will enable the removal of the two buildings in Corrimal Memorial Park.
One of these buildings, originally a baby health centre, was home of the now defunct Northern Leader newspaper in the 1990s.
The other building, nearer to the creek was home to the Corrimal Senior Citizens Centre.
Cr Bradbery said as the continued use of the buildings by the community is not viable and the seniors groups using the buildings are now using the new facilities in the Community Centre. “This use of our facilities will help Council alleviate the costs involved with the care and maintenance of these old buildings,” he said.
“At the same time we regain valuable parkland for all community members to enjoy the outdoor spaces.
Council has entered a Memorandum of Understanding with the Touched by Olivia Foundation to deliver a playground for all children including those with physical and intellectual disabilities in the park.
Council will contribute $125,000 towards the development of an inclusive playground together with landscape features and play equipment.

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 Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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