The state-heritage listed Awaba House at Booragul is currently closed due to a fire, which broke out in the building on Tuesday 20 August.
Council is aware that this iconic building housed a popular and successful business in the City and we are offering our support to its operators and employees. We understand that this is a difficult time for long-term patrons and upcoming function users, and we will be doing our best to work with the operators and find alternative facilities to accommodate booked functions.
Once the building has been made safe and a thorough clean up can commence, we’ll have a much better understanding of the extent of the damage.
We want to thank members of Fire + Rescue NSW and NSW Police who worked hard to contain the blaze and keep the community safe.
The community and local businesses have already reached out offering their support during this difficult time, which is a testament to the community’s love of the historic facility and another example of how the people of Lake Macquarie come together in times of need.
For their own safety, community members are asked to stay away from the building until advised.
The Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery was unaffected by the blaze, and construction work for its expansion will continue as planned.
About Awaba House
The site of Awaba House forms part of land at Teralba originally granted to Captain James Ranclaud. The current building is known as the third Awaba House and was built in 1927. The first was burned down during 1886. In 1887, a new house was erected on the site, but was demolished in 1927. Lake Macquarie City Council acquired the property in November 1995 from the Hunter Area Health Service, as a temporary home for the City’s art gallery. The gallery originally occupied Awaba House on this site from 1996 to 2000 when a decision was made to construct the new state-of-the-art facility. More recently, Awaba House has been operating as a café and restaurant.