Plaza plan uproar: Information sessions at Thirroul Surf Club

An artist impression of the proposed redevelopment of Thirroul Plaza

A COMMUNITY information session will be held on Monday September 28 as the deadline for submissions on the redevelopment of the Thirroul Plaza approaches.

A development application has been lodged with Wollongong City Council for a residential and commercial redevelopment of the old Thirroul Plaza shopping centre site.

The application proposes a mixed use development comprising two levels of basement car parking, with commercial premises on the ground floor and 82 residential apartments on the upper floors.

The applicants, Loucas Architects, propose the demolition of the existing shopping centre and its replacement with a three storey commercial and residential complex.

The development, between Lawrence Hargrave Drive and the South Coast Railway, sits between King Street and the Beaches Hotel on the north, and W.F. Jackson Park on the south.

The proposal has been highly criticised by community groups, residents and political leaders, who say it will further congest an already choked Lawrence Hargrave Drive and block escarpment views.

Community group, Save Thirroul Village will host a series of free community information sessions at the Thirroul Surf Club on Monday September 28.

The information sessions will be held at 9am, 11am, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm.

Members from the community group, as well as subject matter experts, will be addressing the information session and will be available to ask questions about the proposal and its potential impacts.

State MP for Keira, Ryan Park has raised his concerns about the proposed redevelopment.

“The overwhelming majority of locals who have contacted me about the Thirroul Plaza re-development have said they have serious concerns about it,” he said.

“I have to agree, it is too large and the traffic congestion will only get worse.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the organisers encourage people to pre-register for Monday’s information sessions as space is limited.

A booking link can be found at the Save Thirroul Village website:

To leave feedback on the development application visit click “See Development Applications on exhibition”. Open DA 2020/363 and leave your feedback via the “Email a Submission” button. 


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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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