Crown St Mall’s amphitheatre has been an important part of the Illawarra community since its construction in the mid 1980s. It has hosted performances by the Illawarra Choral Society, X Factor’s Reece Mastin and local school groups.

In 2011, Wollongong council passed a $19 million refurbishment of Crown St Mall which did not include the amphitheatre.

The work crews have begun deconstruction and the amphitheatre is expected to be gone within a month.

Pictures: KATHLEEN HAINES

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