Austinmer bathers’ pavilion closes for extensive refurbishment and upgrade

austinmer bathers pavillion

The old Austinmer Bathers’ Pavilion will be closed from Wednesday, May 20, for refurbishment. 

THE Austinmer Bathers Pavilion will be closed to the public from tomorrow (Wednesday May 20), to allow for its extensive refurbishment.

Over the past two weeks, site preparation works have been underway around the popular building with the installation of temporary amenities on the grassed area outside the surf club.

From tomorrow site fencing around the pavilion will be in place and block access to the building while work is underway.

Work will be carried out from 7am to 6pm weekdays and on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm, with the project due to be finished before next summer’s peak beach season.

The refurbishment includes:

  • Structural rectification to all concrete structures including repairing existing cracks, spalling and damaged reinforcement bars
  • Replacement of existing fixtures and fittings like taps, shower heads and toilets
  • Construction of an accessible amenity through the building’s front façade. This will include an accessible toilet, shower, basin, adult change table, system hoist and baby change table
  • Improve the external front pavement area to provide level access to the accessible amenity
  • Put a concrete cap on existing balustrade to bring to a complying height
  • Removal of all existing painted surfaces and updating with new paint
  • Reusing existing timber bench seats


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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