Otford tennis club house becomes a community hall


The Otford Community Hall

THE former Otford tennis clubhouse will be transformed into a community hall by Wollongong City Council.

From a poorly used facility, the clubhouse will become a hub for the Otford community, where people can get together for movie nights, meetings and community dinners, organised by local community groups and organisations.

Plans for the future of this facility highlight the approach of Council’s newly released community facilities strategy, Places for People – Wollongong Social Infrastructure Planning Framework: 2018-2028.

Places for People guides Council’s planning for community, cultural and recreational buildings at a number of levels from planning for major projects through to smaller projects that aim to enhance and activate existing assets, such as Otford Community Hall.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said Council’s Places for People is “a unique local government social infrastructure plan, in that it recognises that community activities and community infrastructure are inextricably linked”.

“Council’s vision for social infrastructure is for people to have access to quality, sustainable social infrastructure that meets their needs and reflects Wollongong’s role as a leading regional city,” he said.

Mayor Bradbery said Places for People takes into account the city’s changing demographics and social characteristics, as well as changes in the ways that social infrastructure is provided by government.

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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