Wollongong Council is set to move forward on the refurbishment of the Austi Beach Pavillion.
The new-look building will include a unisex amenity space (in line with Council’s Beach Access and Foreshore strategy)
The deteriorated elements of the pavilion will be repaired and repaired inside and our and new toilets, showers, fixtures and fittings will be installed- but the facade will remain essentially the same.
Council will also investigate the capacity of the roof and its suitability for future public access.
A letter written by Council officers reads they received considerable feedback concerning the addition of accessible amenities on the front facade of the building.
They say they considered two separate, accessible amenities inside both the womens and men’s change rooms, but this idea was ruled out because they need to be accessed by both genders, so carers can assist if necessary.
Therefore, council has decided on a single entry at the front of the building.
This will be unisex and will include an adult lift and change table as well as a hoist, which will be stored in a cabinet locked with a MLAK.
Council says the new entryway will have minimal impact on the heritage values of the building while its heritage listing is still being considered as part of a city-wide review later this year.
In order to accommodate the new amenities, there will be a small reduction in the size of the internal seating area, but no reduction in the number of showers or toilets.
Council will call for tenders, with the refurbishment to begin after ANZAC Day, in readiness for summer 20-21.
In the meantime, toilets and cold water showers will be made available on the grass near the surf club.