Wollongong seawall ruins remain after four months

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE: The damaged section of seawall at Wollongong's Flagstaff Hill on June 8 (top) and October 19. The Department of Industry (Lands) says repairs are “in the planning and approval phase”. Pictures: Adam McLean

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE: The damaged section of seawall at Wollongong's Flagstaff Hill on June 8 (top) and October 19. The Department of Industry (Lands) says repairs are “in the planning and approval phase”. Pictures: Adam McLean

The heritage-listed seawall at Wollongong’s Flagstaff Hill remains a broken mess, more than four months after it was whacked by wild seas.

Having stood the test of time – and tides – since it was built in the 1880s, a king tide on June 5 was all it took to smash a section of the historic sandstone wall to pieces.

Stones of various shapes and sizes still litter the ground, with temporary fencing remaining in place. 

The unfixed damage comes as Wollongong City Council steps up its push for the state government to upgrade the harbour precinct.

Despite the apparent lack of work, a Department of Industry (Lands) spokesman told the Mercury storm damage repairs “have not been delayed”, and work was “in the planning and approval phase”.   

The spokesman said works in progress included repairs to the revetment adjacent the boat ramp and to the edge of the pilot slipway.   

“The damaged seawall is also undergoing repairs with a new balustrade being installed and planned works to replace damaged stones and mortar, and repair the capping.”

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