Revitalising Corrimal


Corrimal Public School students Aditi Ahmed and Matthew Walker play table tennis with Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery and Acting Inspector Charlie Hutchins. 

FRESH laneway artwork isn’t the only new addition to Corrimal’s Town Centre this month.

Wollongong City Council has installed a permanent table tennis table and will be placing a Libraries Everywhere Box for the community to enjoy at Corrimal’s Memorial Park. These new instalments are part of Council’s ongoing program to revitalise Corrimal Town Centre.

Corrimal Men’s Shed and Corrimal Public School students were invited to give Council a hand in creating the Libraries Everywhere Box; Corrimal Men’s Shed created and built the box with Corrimal Public School students putting on the final decorative touches.
The unleashing of colour in the laneway at 219 Princes Highway has been painted with colours of the rainbow by artist, Anthony Jones. The artwork is inspired by Streets Ice-cream, as the company was founded in Corrimal.

These new installations and the ongoing revitalisation contribute to the suburbs unique local character and vibrancy.

“Council is always looking for new and innovative ways to enhance public spaces and make them more attractive and appealing for people living or visiting the area,’’ Wollongong City Council’s Community and Cultural Development Manager (Acting) Susan Wardle said.

“We hope these new facilities will bring the community closer together and build on the positive atmosphere in Corrimal’s Town Centre and encourage people to stay longer when they’re here.

“An exciting and rewarding part of this project is that we’re working closely with members of the community including Corrimal’s Men’s Shed members, the Corrimal Chamber of Commerce, Corrimal Public School and Corrimal Revitalisation Action Group to come up with ideas for the revitalisation of Corrimal. This goes a long way in creating a real sense of ownership and pride within the community”, Ms Wardle said.

These new projects launch on Friday 15 September.
Council has been engaging with the community as part of the draft Corrimal Town Centre Plan. Everyone can have their say about the new pilot projects by filling out an online form on Council’s website. Council will use this information to gauge the community’s opinion of this project and what they want to see in the future.

Community members can have their say on the new pilot projects at the Have Your Say website.

For more information you can contact Council’s Customer Services on (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 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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