Lunch today–Steelers or Hellenic Club?

I chose the Hellenic Club, but was almost blown away after lunch and shopping at Figtree. The wind does seem to have settled down.

Now had I gone here, as I do around once a week:

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Inside The Steelers earlier this month.

Things might have been more interesting

Police say there are concerns a grandstand at Wollongong’s WIN Stadium, south of Sydney, could collapse after strong winds snapped a support beam and caused the roof to buckle.

Wind gusts of up to 90 kilometres per hour are also hampering efforts by engineers to secure the western stand of the stadium, which is one of the home grounds for the St George Illawarra Dragons NRL team.

Officers have closed Harbour Street to traffic and people are being urged to stay away from the area.

"There’s obviously the potential for it to fall down depending on what the winds do," Sergeant David Potts said.

"It could fall down … they’ve got their engineers there assessing what they’ve got to do."

Police say the grandstand could collapse on to the nearby Steelers Club or the oval.

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They don’t call this “Windy Wollongong” for nothing. I suspect whatever happens – and I hope Steelers is spared! – there are going to questions asked about this BRAND NEW section of stadium, lately mentioned in dispatches for NOT using Illawarra steel…

Update

I see the roof did stay on overnight, and people are asking the relevant questions.

… By 6pm stadium lights were switched on as police and engineers inspected the structure from a safe distance in the stadium’s northern grandstand.

The man who had long lobbied for the construction of the building, Illawarra Venues Authority chairman Chris Christodoulou, said the roof sheeting, as well as the main support structure, had buckled under the wind gusts.

On hearing news of the situation, construction unions began demanding answers.

"I will be seeking to get an urgent telephone conference with the relevant unions and we would be looking for a report from WorkCover in the first instance as to what happened," South Coast Labour Council secretary Arthur Rorris said last night.

"We need a specialist investigation and people with the credibility to undertake those investigations. We need to know the status of the building and we may well take our own action."

Throsby MP Stephen Jones said that after the structure was deemed safe, work should begin to get to the bottom of the issue.

"We need to look very quickly at a thorough inquiry into both the materials and the work," he said.

"I would be deeply concerned if government money was used for the purchase of substandard materials for an important regional facility."

Around 60 per cent of the steel used to construct the grandstand came from Victorian manufacturer OneSteel and the remaining 40 per cent from China.

Others, including Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said they were simply thankful nobody was hurt….

One Mercury reader asks something that occurs to me too: “What happens when it get really windy? 60 km/h winds are not uncommon on the coast the last time I checked!”

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2 thoughts on “Lunch today–Steelers or Hellenic Club?

  1. From a Mercury commenter this afternoon: “sigh….people, if you are not an engineer….and do not have an engineering background, please do not post on here about why this has occured.
    During the construction stage of any large project, all are suspect to wind loading due to the lack of support in the structure. This is normally avoided by adding additional temporary bracing, however, due to the tight location of the Western grandstand, it was obviously not feasible. Similar events occurred during the construction of the olympic stadium at homebush and the ‘birdsnest’ in Beijing.”

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