Helensburgh grandstand upgraded

WORK has started on the refurbishment of the grandstand at Helensburgh’s Rex Jackson Oval.

The project is expected to take around three months, and includes replacing the grandstand’s roof, upgrading the concrete steps and seating to include a central staircase, and stormwater drainage work.

Already, Wollongong City Council have removed the existing roof and repairs are underway on the remainder of the structure.

“I am sure all the sporting groups that use this oval will be pleased to hear Council is refurbishing this grandstand. It’s a well-used space,’’ Wollongong Acting Lord Mayor John Dorahy said.

“The work is being carried out during the week so, while the grandstand itself is off-limits, the remainder of the oval can be used for all the usual sports.’’

For more information visit Council’s website or you can call (02) 4227 7111.

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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