Fears UOW's synthetic football pitch will be 'an environmental disaster'

Kate McIlwain
By Kate McIlwain
Updated May 23 2018 - 6:22am, first published 6:00am
'Disaster': Plastic Free Wollongong's Andy Gray, Surfrider Foundation's Susie Crick and Fair Food Forager's Paul Hellier object to the idea of a synthetic pitch due to concerns over micro plastics entering waterways. Picture: Sylvia Liber.

The University of Wollongong and Wollongong council have signalled plans to push ahead with a major upgrade of Kooloobong Ovals, despite protests from dozens of residents and community groups. 

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Kate McIlwain

Kate McIlwain

Journalist

For the past 11 years, I've helped the Illawarra Mercury set the news agenda across the region. In that time I've covered breaking news, education, politics, urban affairs, council, environment, data journalism and development news. More recently, I became the paper's health reporter - covering the stories of Illawarra workers and residents two years into a global pandemic and at a time where our health systems are stretched to the limit.

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