Local park set for make-over

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O’Brien’s Reserve, Sandon Point Bulli. Photo: Play Illawarra.

A BULLI playground will be upgraded over the next three weeks, as part of Wollongong City Council’s Play Wollongong Strategy.

The playground in O’Brien Reserve, Bulli, is listed for an upgrade with works expected to start next week.

The removal of the ageing playground equipment and replacement with new swings, slides and climbing frames is part of Council’s annual Capital Works program and continues a focus on play space renewal and improvements.

In the coming months the playground at Pinecourt Park in Austinmer is also scheduled for an upgrade.

Work on Chinnock Park in Wollongong, on the corner of Matthews and Sperry Streets, started on Friday and is expected to take about three weeks, provided there is good weather.


Last financial year Council spent $1.5M on playground renewals and upgrades, and it’s anticipated approximately a further $1M will be spent this financial year.

Recently, playgrounds at Sheargold Park in Cordeaux Heights, Kundle Street Reserve in Dapto and Austinmer Beach Reserve have all been replaced.

For more information you can contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111 or visit our website at

About Mick Roberts

A 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.


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