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Thirroul Plaza Update 31 March 2022 Revised plans for the proposed Thirroul Plaza deveopment have been lodged with Wollongong Council. The main points are: Break between building D and E increased Residential parking decreased from 123 to 77 Relocation of residential visitor spaces closer to the common residential lift Retail parking increased from 198 to 206 Residential lobby from LHD increased in width and brought forward closer to the front boundary Break in building increased to 14m and shop 6 set back to allow for greater...
Walking Tour of Central Austinmer Walking Tour of Central Austinmer Walking Tour of Central Austinmer Nestled between the Illawarra Escarpment and the ocean, join us on a walking tour through central Austinmer to discuss the character of a place and ways to protect it. 2 Apr 2022 10:00 am — 1:00 pm Austinmer abounds with natural beauty and cultural richness. Come on a walking tour to learn about how to identify the character of a place, and how it might be protected in perpetuity. Meet at the Austinmer Railway, learn about the National...
Development Plans for the new Thirroul Plaza Development Plans for the new Thirroul Plaza Thirroul Plaza D.A. update - 9 November 2021 The Land and Environment Court “Conciliation Conference” was held on Monday 1st November virtually, via Teams.  The proceedings started when seven community members were given 5 minutes each to address the court Dr Ellicott spoke on the adverse impacts of the development on the “King Street Medical Precinct” and the disruptive effects of the demolition and construction. Martin Gorrick for the TVC focussed upon impacts on escarpment v...
Thirroul, Bulli Improvements Consultation Summary Report  Thirroul, Bulli Improvements Consultation Summary Report  Thirroul, Bulli Improvements Consultation Summary Report   A consultation was undertaken by Transport for NSW between 11 October and 8 November 2019. The findings from this consultation are contained in the report attached.   Transport for NSW received 2,539 comments on the interactive map and analysis identified 3,627 individual issues across the feedback received. The main areas, in order of significance were traffic and road safety, parking, pedestrians and cyclists, public transport,...
Anglicare Development - Old Cookson Plibrico Site at Bulli Anglicare Development - Old Cookson Plibrico Site at Bulli DECEMBER 14, 2018 SUBMISSION ON MP 06_0094 MOD 5 MODIFICATION TO CONCEPT PLAN (SANDON POINT REDEVELOPMENT) INTRODUCTION I write as the Secretary of the Thirroul Village Committee (TVC). The TVC is a group of local residents who share a keen interest in the future of Thirroul and its surrounds. The Committee was formed in 1991 and established one of the Illawarra’s leading community Festivals: the Thirroul Seaside and Arts Festival. The TVC is a non-partisan organisation with a contact...
Amy Monument - Thirroul Beach Amy Monument - Thirroul Beach Letter sent to Wollongong Council & the Illawarra Mercury on 20th March 2017. Concerns about the Amy Monument at Thirroul Beach. Dear Sir/Madam Would you be interested in running a story about the Amy Monument at Thirroul Beach? This marble memorial commemorates the sinking of the little collier Amy in a terrible galeIn February 1898 with all hands lost despite the valiant efforts and bravery of Thirroul people to save them. As you can see in the photographs the Amy Monument is in a precarious...
Thirroul Railway Car Park Concerns Thirroul Railway Car Park Concerns   The Thirroul Transport Committee combines the efforts of Neighborhood Forum 3 and the Thirroul Village Committee to address the problems caused by the release of the 2013 train timetable. The key achievement has been introduction of five additional stops for Austinmer peak hour.  The Thirroul Transport Committee aims for full restoration of services to pre 2013 levels...  
Combating Graffiti Combating Graffiti   Local residents (Graffiti Volunteers) giving up their free time, painting over graffiti tags across Thirroul buildings, local parks and beach public amenties. Goal: To eliminate graffiti tags from the Thirroul local area. It is considered by many residents to be “visual vandalism.” Who: A group of local residents is working with local businesses, the RMS, Endeavour Energy, the Police and Wollongong City Council. How:  Businesses have been approached and given flyers displaying...
Grand Pacific Walk Grand Pacific Walk The “Grand Pacific Walk” (GPW). The Thirroul Village Committee (TVC) discussed this concept at a recent meeting and decided to endorse the concept and the plans as put forward to date, especially as a way to encourage family based tourism.

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The Facade The Facade In 2004 Council approved plans for the new three storey Thirroul Plaza Shopping Centre.  These plans were accepted by most residents as a significant enhancement in amenity and covered the area...
Beach Markets Beach Markets In early September 2013, WCC published a development application (DA) from two businesswoman to establish markets on Thirroul Beach.  The markets were proposed to operate on each Saturday for a...
Thirroul Bathers' Pavilion Refurbishment Thirroul Bathers' Pavilion Refurbishment   Please accept this document as feedback from the Thirroul Village Committee (TVC) on the proposed changes as displayed on WCC website to the Thirroul Beach Kiosk, now renamed the Thirroul Bathers...

 

Please accept this document as feedback from the Thirroul Village Committee (TVC) on the proposed changes as displayed on WCC website to the Thirroul Beach Kiosk, now renamed the Thirroul Bathers Pavilion.
 
Distance from local residents and under-utilised night time parking facilities makes expanding the Thirroul Beach Kiosk into a restaurant/Kiosk a logical move. WCC propose to achieve this by expanding into the former residential section on the western side.  The TVC agrees in general with the proposal and would like to put forward the following suggestions for consideration.

 

Figure 1 Beach Pavilion plans.
 
1. The TVC would like to see the eastern side of the Pavilion being used as a Café during the day. This section could double as a section of the restaurant at night. We object to the current lessee’s attempt to utilise the eastern section as a restaurant where beach attire is not acceptable.
 
2. Halving the area available for the dressing sheds by introduction of empty porticos to the change room space, as marked by X on figure 1, above does not seem logical.  The size of these empty porticos should be reduced.
 
3. This has also removed the shaded section provided by the pavilions eaves at the northern end of the men’s change rooms. Thus there will be little shade in the men’s change rooms on a hot summer’s day.
 
4. We do not understand the logic of having open plan shower areas but private dressing cubicles.
 
5. As circled in black in the plan above, the entrance to the day Kiosk is next to the entrance to the men's change rooms. Should the two busiest entrances be adjoining?
 
6. The new toilets facilities for restaurant patrons as mentioned in the FAQ document are not shown on the plans.  
 
7. The plans do not appear to show room for a commercial kitchen.
 
8. The new design indicates that the number of male toilets directly accessible from outside the pavilion on the park side has been reduced from two plus one disabled to one plus one disabled. This is insufficient given the high usage of the parks during summer months.
 
9. It appears that the current design calls for six different sets of toilet facilities, two each for park users, change room users and restaurant patrons. We do not see the need for six sets of toilet facilities.  Would it be possible for the architect to rationalise this to be, at the most, four larger sets?
 
10. The new plan also shows the showers located at the opposite end of the change room to the entrance, which would result in water and wet sand being deposited by patrons through the change rooms. The current arrangement of having showers near the entrance in the change rooms prevents this occurrence. This wet section will reduce the amount of change space available to patrons.  Some groups of patron, e.g. a man trying to change two young children will not be able to use cubicles.  There is simply not enough space for several such groups thus the change rooms are too small.
 
11. There is a lack of sunshade for the beachside café patrons.  Previously large colourful umbrellas have been used in the café area. Facilities to hold commercial grade umbrellas could be installed.
 
 
12. Is there a need to maintain the two cleaner cupboards as circled in red on figure 1?  There would be a similar storage area in the large Council staff facilities behind the lifeguard’s office at the northern end of the pool.  If only one cleaner is normally on duty would it not be more secure to maintain one storage area in the area that is dedicated to council staff?  The space of these two cupboard sections could then incorporated into the changing rooms.

Other related issues not mentioned in the proposal:
 
1. Suitable garden beds strategically placed around the pavilion.
2. New location for industrial waste bins is required away from main beach and pavilion access ways and within presentable enclosure.
3. Better promenade lighting.
4. Resurfacing of the surrounding promenade.
5. Lack of timber seating on the promenade. Current metal seats are too hot during summer.
6. Relocation of the Amy memorial from access road roundabout to the grassed area near pavilion required to prevent further damage.
7. Need to continue pavilion colour scheme for the pool surrounds and lifeguard offices.
 
The issues raised here suggest the need for further community consultation.  One possible way to would be to arrange for the architects to attend a neighbourhood forum three meeting.  Please accept these comments as constructive criticism with the aim of creating a better public facility.
 
Yours Sincerely, 
Murray Jones
Secretary
Thirroul Village Committee

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