Historic kiosk nears completion


Thirroul Beach Kiosk. PHOTO:

THE major refurbishment of the historic Thirroul Beach Kiosk and Pavilion is in its final stages.

The historically significant building has remained largely unchanged since its opening in 1940 however the building has become run down, and required a major refurbishment to extend its design life and bring it up to date with the needs of today’s beach lovers.

Where possible, original materials were used to preserve the historical significance, while rebuilt sections were designed and constructed to match the original appearance.

As with many historic buildings, the full extent of works required wasn’t revealed until the layers were peeled back.

Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Works Mike Hyde while investigations were done ahead of time, as the floor and wall linings were removed there were a few hidden surprises.

“We found asbestos materials under the original change room floor, and discovered that the old brick walls of the kiosk and residence were saturated with salt and had deteriorated much more severely than expected. In many places, there was no mortar left at all,” Mr Hyde said.

“The new discoveries were outside the original scope of works and added several months to the refurbishment schedule. Thanks to the hard work of our staff and contractors on the project we’ve been able to complete the work within our revised schedule, well ahead of the 2016/17 swim season.

“While delays are never ideal, being able to complete this essential work means the building is now in the best shape it can be – it’s structurally sound, has modern amenities, improved access and a better layout. The Thirroul Beach Kiosk and Pavilion will be able to cater to patrons for generations to come.”

Original works included:

  • Installing new storm drainage underneath the building
  • Underpinning and re-laying the floors
  • Replacing the roof and guttering, and electrical work
  • Repairing and repainting exterior walls
  • Reconfiguring internal walls
  • Creating an entrance to the building from the adjoining Thirroul Beach Reserve
  • Installing glass balustrades on the eastern side for beachfront outdoor dining
  • Renovating toilets, showers and change rooms, including new access points and an accessible toilet
  • Installing water tanks for flushing toilets, hosing etc
  • Installation of sand traps to stop pipe blockage
  • Demolishing the garage and fence at the rear of the property

Additional works included:

  • Rebuilding of brick walls of kiosk and residence
  • Removal of asbestos materials from underneath the change room floors
  • Replacement of northern concrete awning
  • Major rectification work on southern concrete awning
  • Temporary roof support installed during wall replacement

The Thirroul Beach Kiosk and Pavilion upgrade is supported through the NSW Government’s Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme.

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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is 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 managed several community newspapers. He has been 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), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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