Skydive the Beach proposal faces opposition

A group calling itself Green Mile Action is fighting the proposal to build a new administration building for Skydive the Beach on the edge of Stuart Park.

Earlier this month plans were lodged with Wollongong City Council for a 400-square-metre building that will include administration and other facilities for Skydive the Beach, including a shop and a cafe.

Artist impression of the proposal.

Artist impression of the proposal.

Green Mile Action is opposed the project on the basis of its proposed location, between the gap in the trees near the Kembla Street-George Hanley Drive intersection.

‘‘This building will take away everyone’s view of Stuart Park, our Village Green, which is for all residents and visitors to our area,’’ a statement on the group’s website said.

‘‘No longer will cyclists, walkers, joggers and visitors be able to see the Village Green from George Hanley Drive or from Kembla Street.

''The site will be dominated by a privately owned and operated commercial building.’’

The group also suggested ‘‘the time is right’’ to create a ‘‘Green Mile’’ policy for Stuart Park, akin to the council’s Blue Mile.

Green Mile Action also offer a number of alternatives to the proposed development, including the restoration of the existing structure, moving the new building further west to Squires Way and incorporating the administration office with a proposed new North Wollongong Surf Club.

It also suggests the wholesale relocation of the business to Dalton Park, ‘‘where an approved landing zone already exists’’.

Picture: Supplied, Skydive the Beach

Picture: Supplied, Skydive the Beach

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