A jewel in Wollongong's Crown Street

Media Release


22 November 2014

Joint release with:

Gordon Bradbery

Mayor of Wollongong City Council

Wollongong has a vibrant new civic heart, with today's opening on the refurbished Crown Street Mall.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project is a real winner for the region and an infrastructure asset the Wollongong community can be proud of.

“The Australian Government provided just over $4.9 million towards the project, reinforcing our commitment to building stronger communities,” Mr Truss said.

“That's why we are getting on with the job of delivering $314.2 million to almost 300 Community Development Grants projects across Australia, and an additional $1 billion to community projects over the next five years through the National Stronger Regions Fund.”

Illawarra-based Coalition Senator for New South Wales, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells welcomed the revitalisation of Crown Street Mall, saying it is another example of the Commonwealth's contribution to the Illawarra.

“The purpose of the project was to establish Crown Street as the main active corridor of the city centre, and to recognise that it has the potential to become a premier centre for both retail and commercial activity,” Ms Fierravanti-Wells said.

Lord Mayor of Wollongong City Council Gordon Bradbery said the Centre is the heart of Wollongong, and a hub for jobs, key services, cultural activity, entertainment and tourism.

“The Council is creating a better city for residents of Wollongong and the newly refurbished Crown Street Mall is a prime example,” Cr Bradbery said.

The project was jointly funded, with the Australian Government contributing just over $4.9 million and the Wollongong City Council investing just over $14.4 million.