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Stanwell Park’s new kiosk comes up for lease

The Stanwell Park kiosk

STANWELL Park’s beachside kiosk could soon have a new operator with Wollongong City Council calling for a “savvy and knowledgeable food operator” to run the sought-after business.

The kiosk has operated in the Stanwell Park Recreation Area for about 50 years, with the current building undergoing a major refurbishment in 2018.

With its wide verandah and Hamptons-style white and grey timber colour theme, Stanwell Park’s beach café is an eye-catching addition to the popular foreshore area.

Wollongong City Council started work on the new beach café in July 2018 after the demolition of the old kiosk building and residence that had occupied the site for more than 50 years. A new tenant took over the kiosk later that year.

The old kiosk that was demolished in 2018 and replaced with the current building

The new café has an elevated covered dining deck overlooking the park, a paved outdoor seating area and a kiosk and kitchen. Two fully accessible public toilets are also a key component of the new design that was influenced by community feedback.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the lease is a an exciting opportunity for a smart food operator who is looking to make their mark in a popular and busy area.

“Stanwell Park is well-loved by locals and by visitors to the area. We’re looking for a business operator that will provide a community-focussed operation that meets the needs of those in the local area, while also offering something exciting and of interest to daytrippers and tourists,” he said.

The tender is open through Council’s website until 10am March 16, 2021, with the successful proponent anticipated to be up and running the business by mid-year.


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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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