Cronulla Park packed for Noiseworks concert in the late 1980s

Who remembers the Noiseworks rock concert in Cronulla Park in the late 1980s?

You might even have been one of the thousands in the picture taken by John Veage, who went on to become the Leader's chief photographer.

The bottom section of old Cecil Hotel is in the background.

The concert may have been one of a program of bicentenary events held over 1988-89.

Noiseworks, formed by Jon Stevens, was one of Australia's more successful rock bands of the late 1980s.

The band folded after Stevens joined the Australian cast of the revived stage musical Jesus Christ Superstar, playing Judas.

Noiseworks played its last gig at Selinas in Sydney during March 1992.

The opening the Cronulla Bicentennial Plaza, better known as the mall, was another big event, but not on the scale of the Noiseworks concert.

The decision to build the Cronulla mall 30 years ago was very divisive.

Many shopkeepers were opposed to the idea and the council was split, with Liberal members claiming it was a luxury Sutherland Shire could not afford in the existing economic climate.

However, council president Ian Swords said if the council did not approve the project, it would lose $1 million in bicentennial funding from the state government.

Cronulla Chamber of Commerce backed the plan only after a two-level public car park in Croydon Street was included (extra levels would later be added).

The project went ahead and the mall was completed in November, 1988.

Premier Nick Greiner officially opened the plaza in February, 1989.

The mall cost $4 million and the car park a further $2.6 million.