WOLLONGONG City Council will shortly begin removal of two community buildings in Memorial Park, Corrimal.
Both buildings have been identified by an independent assessor as having a number of major issues, including structural damage, asbestos, electrical noncompliance risks, and roofs which require replacement.
One of the buildings also showed evidence of termite infestation.
The estimated cost of undertaking remediation work on both buildings was over $590,000.
While removal is underway, the site will be fenced, and measures will be taken to ensure any asbestos at the site is handled in accordance with WorkCover regulations.
The buildings are located in a high hazard flood zone. Following demolition the site will be returned to parkland. The two buildings were previously managed and operated by the Corrimal Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association (CPSA). One of the buildings was previously the office of the Northern Leader newspaper.
Council has been working with this group over the past year to relocate them to more suitable facilities at Corrimal Community Centre.
A number of improvements will be made to the Community Centre to cater for the CPSA, including the installation of improved kitchen facilities and a storage area. This work will commence in the near future thanks to loan assistance under the Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme.
For more information call 03 4227 7111.