Wollongong Council is calling for community feedback as they plan to upgrade the amenities building at Austinmer Beach.
Work is set to start in winter 2019.
The plan is to retain the existing main concrete structure and arches but to include new awnings covering the entrance to the toilets, add more seating out the front and add a modern, timber looking facade.
The roof, which is severely deteriorated, will also be replaced with a new rooftop viewing deck.
Inside, initial plans see a complete re-jig to include a family shower in both the mens and ladies toilets.
Council’s Director of Infrastructure Mark Roebuck says the proposed changes will be a huge improvement and will bring the facility up to modern standards.
“The current building is dilapidated and doesn’t meet standards for disability access, energy efficiency, plumbing and sewerage,’’ he says.
The building was nominated in 2016 by a community member for listing on the State Heritage Register and while the NSW Heritage Council decided not to list it (as the building was not of state significance) Council is considering it for a local heritage listing. Therefore the proposed design has been guided by heritage advice.
“When we were considering options we considered upgrading what is here or a total rebuild,’’ Mr Roebuck says. “We’ve opted to refurbish, because we know this is a much-loved building and it means we’re able to retain the significant heritage elements that give the precinct its distinctive look, while allowing for the ongoing use of the facility for its original purpose.’’
The plans for the Austinmer amenities building are on public exhibition until Sunday 5 November 2017.
You can have a look and leave comments here:- www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au.
There will be an on-site kiosk at the amenities building on Saturday 14 October from 10.30am-12.30pm where people can talk to Council staff about the proposed design and provide feedback.