Public art for Wombarra


A NEW public art sculpture, Shellpod, has been installed by Wollongong City Council at Sharkeys Beach, Coledale.

The sculpture is from the Wombarra artist, Gaby Porter and was created by Gaby and a number of local artists including Annette Wellings, Lois Hill, John Haymes and Alan Wetten.

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Gaby POrter in her Wombarra Sculpture Garden. Photo: Facebook

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said it will become one of the landmarks in the northern villages.

“We thank Gaby and the other Shellpod artists for sharing their art,” he said.

“This work shows how public art can inspire and engage people in cultural experiences. Council is truly grateful for this act of generosity from the sculptors.”

Sharkeys Beach is a popular surfing and swimming beach and the Shellpod – gifted to the community and Council – sits adjacent to the southern end of the car park.

If you’d like to know more about the project, you can contact Council 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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