Wollongong could soon have a new harbour-side restaurant, with plans lodged to transform the former fish market premises into a waterfront eatery.
In a development application being considered by Wollongong City Council, an applicant called Nautical Consultancy Pty Ltd hopes to make alterations and additions to the old Harbourside Fish Market site so it can be used as a restaurant.
There are no details about what eatery could be established, but the plans say the Fishermen's Co-operative will continue to operate from the building.
Under the plan, the fish market site will be gutted and reconfigured, with large windows and openable doors installed in place of the heavy concrete walls to take in views of the harbour.
The resulting restaurant would be more that 300sqm in size with seating for 164 people. The proposed hours of operation are 8am to 10pm, seven days a week.
As it is within the state heritage listed Wollongong Harbour precinct, the applicants were required to lodge a heritage assessment. However, consultants said the new eatery would not have any detrimental effects on heritage items.
The applicants also said the plans were not inconsistent with the state's draft master plan for the harbour, which has been in the works for years and hopes to encourage further cafe, restaurant and kiosks.
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