Getting the RAAF Memorial Clock in working order and finding an effective and permanent solution to the ongoing maintenance of the clock and the clock tower was the catalyst for the Prince Henry Community Association Association Committee to begin its negotiations with the Department of Industry. The task has evolved to include all of the heritage listed structures located at Prince Henry.
Current works in progress include the long awaited refurbishment of Henry’s Trading Post in Brodie Avenue, and repairs to the retaining wall in Pine Avenue.
— New South Wales Heritage Act 1977 no. 136.
— State Heritage Register.
— Section 170 NSW state agency heritage register.
— Randwick Local Environmental Plan 1998.
DOI advised that the available budget would be applied on the basis of public safety and risk, structural stability, regulatory obligation and overall condition. Assets with the potential to pose a safety risk to staff or public would be given a higher priority for repairs and maintenance. Disappointingly, returning the clock to working order does not fall into that category, with required works assessed as very low priority. It was therefore agreed that the CA would work together with the NSW Department of Industry to seek a heritage grant for such works.
DOI also advised that it had already carried out some high priority works around Prince Henry, including at the Coast Centre for Seniors, The Gate House, and Henry’s Trading.
It was noted that the DOI would provide the following information to the EC:
— Scope of works for the Crown Land landscaping contract for their Prince Henry lots, and a map identifying the locations to be serviced.
— Final Maintenance Strategy Prince Henry Hospital Precinct (when received, this document will be made available for community members to download from this website).
— Details of proposed future works planned for Prince Henry at Little Bay so that residents can be kept up to date.
— An annual update on the status of the heritage significant assets from the Department of Industry stating their current condition, recommended action and proposed timeline for action.
— Details of the process required to seek a heritage grant for repairs and maintenance of those assets, particularly the clock, that are assessed as very low priority.
Overhead cabling is not permitted at Prince Henry. The cable previously powering the clock was disconnected — by whom, no-one seems to know. Council removed the cable on request from the CA EC because it achieved nothing, was unsightly, and was sinking lower and lower as time went on, with the potential to become a risk to public safety.