7 October 2023

Koonawarra centre temporarily closes for welcome facelift and new roof

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Koonawarra Community Centre building.

Koonawarra Community Centre will close while its roof is replaced. Photo: Jen White.

Koonawarra Community Centre will be closed from late October until early next year while Wollongong City Council replaces its roof.

Council has approved a tender worth more than $554,000 for the work, which will start on Monday 30 October.

The centre, which was built in the mid-1980s, will remain closed during the work and is expected to reopen at the end of January next year.

However, all scheduled activities and group meetings will continue; centre operator CareWays Community will transfer gatherings to its other community centres at Horsley and Dapto’s Ribbonwood Centre.

A number of community activities are held at the centre, including a playgroup and youth drop-in.

As well as replacing the roof sheeting and insulation, the work will include replacing the guttering, downpipes and skylights and installing mesh on some windows to improve security.

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Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery said the upgrade would extend the life of the centre.

“Koonawarra Community Centre is a well-used and much-loved community facility,” he said.

“It’s a place that welcomes people of all ages and offers services such as a breakfast program, book exchange, playgroup and youth drop-in sessions.”

“This work will ensure that the building is leakproof and secure so that people can continue to enjoy this space into the future.”

Koonawarra Community Centre is one of 56 community facilities across the Wollongong Local Government Area, including neighbourhood centres, senior citizen centres, childcare centres, library community centres and halls.

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