Work has started on the new café at Stanwell Park Beach.
The new building will have an elevated covered dining deck overlooking the park, a paved outdoor seating area and a kiosk and kitchen. It will also boast two fully-accessible public toilets.
Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery says Council has worked with the community to develop the design.
“Through our engagement we know there was a strong push from the community to preserve the building’s original kiosk sign, and we’ve taken that on board,” he says. “It was carefully removed during the demolition with the intention of seeing how we might incorporate it into the new building.”
The 50 year old kiosk building and residence were demolished last year and a temporary shipping container-style café operated at the park over summer.
The project is anticipated to cost approximately $1.4 million and construction is expected to take about six months.
Provided there is good weather, the new café will open in late December.
While the work is underway the site will be enclosed by construction fencing. There will be times when the south eastern corner of the carpark and existing pathway to the cafe will need to be closed to allow for the construction of new parking and access.
The works are scheduled for Monday-Friday between 7am and 6pm and on Saturdays 8am-1pm.