Heritage order sought for Corrimal Coke Works site ahead of residential proposal

Corrimal site aerial photo

The site to be redeveloped at Corrimal

WOLLONGONG City Council has slapped an interim heritage order on the former Corrimal Coke Works site.

Council says it has taken the action, under the NSW Heritage Act, to ensure that the heritage significance of the site can be properly considered in finalising a planning proposal for the site, prior to the progression of any demolition works.

In April 2018, Council resolved to prepare and exhibit a draft planning proposal for the site to allow a mix of medium density housing.

This resolution included the progression of a draft Heritage Listing for certain buildings and structures. The resolution also required the preparation of additional heritage (and other) studies, followed by a public exhibition process.

The Interim Heritage Order, which was published in the Government Gazette on Monday 20 May, provides interim protection for a six-month period under the NSW Heritage Act and will allow for the progression of the draft Planning Proposal process.

Corrimal brick chimney

Council hopes to protect heritage items at the former coke works at Corrimal

The Order places Council as the consent authority for any proposed demolition or modification works.

Council will continue to work with the Illawarra Coke Company and Legacy Property on this matter.

Further background information on the proposal for the former Corrimal Coke Works site is available on Council’s website.

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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