The battle to have several Stanwell Tops parks listed on Wollongong Council’s Heritage Register continues, with Council saying a report will be finalised later this year.
More two years has passed since the matter was raised, calling for Henry Halloran Park, The Stonehaven Rd Monument Park, the triangle park at the intersection of Southview Avenue and Longview Crescent and Princess Marina Walk to be added to the list, and therefore protected.
Stanwell Tops was planned out by surveyor Henry Halloran, who also mapped out developments in Canberra, Lake Macquarie, the Blue Mountains and the Central Coast.
His style is categorised by rustic stone pillars and archways, and by the placement of a park in the centre of a housing block, with residential properties backing on the the park-as with Henry Halloran Park, which is the only NSW park named in honour of this influential Australian.
Halloran’s stone monuments can still be seen at the entrance to Stanwell Tops and along the Princess Marina Walk.
An application was made to Wollongong Council in 2016 for the parks to be recognised for their historical significance, with Council saying the matter would be added to the list of items to be reviewed for the Heritage Schedule.
Then in 2017, Council said
The information provided has been developed and incorporated into a draft Heritage Inventory form. We have identified the need to undertake some additional research, as well as some further comparative analysis, to ensure that the documentation is thorough. It is hoped that this will be completed in the coming 2 months.This nomination is being progressed as part of a broader review of the heritage schedule, which includes consideration of a range of potential items.