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Wollongong City Council

Celebrating 50 years as a City

Friday 30 October 2020

Today we mark the 50th anniversary of the City of Wollongong.

It’s an exciting milestone, and one that offers an opportunity to reflect upon where we’ve come from – and the exciting future ahead.

“Of course, the history of Wollongong has a reach far, far beyond the past 50 years, but today’s date remains an important one to recognise,’’ Wollongong City Acting Lord Mayor Councillor Tania Brown said.

“It was on this date half a century ago that a new phase in the history of Wollongong started and one that has seen significant change, growth and development.

“I would like to extend my thanks to all the staff who have dedicated their working life to making this beautiful city better for all. It takes many people in wildly diverse roles to do what Council does every day, and I know first-hand that the Council staff take real pride in their work. It’s important to acknowledge this, and to say, ‘thank you’.’’

Wollongong’s current local government area was established on 12 September 1947, and was called the City of Greater Wollongong. It was formed by joining the smaller councils of Wollongong, Central Illawarra, Bulli and Northern Illawarra.

It was in 1970 when Queen Elizabeth II granted the title of Lord Mayor to the city, that the current name ‘City of Wollongong’ was adopted.

“As we mark this date today it’s a good opportunity to take a moment and think about our city’s past, and it’s bright future,’’ Cr Brown said.

“We all have an important role to play in the growth of Wollongong and ensuring it’s a great place to live our best lives. We at Council take pride in the responsibility we have of steering the city into the future and working with our community do deliver the best for everyone is a key part of that.’’