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Plateau Park: a historic site

Joseph Lade Pawsey MSc PhD (1908-1962) conducted Australia's first successful experiment to detect radio waves from the sun on 3 October 1945 at the Radar Station at Plateau Park, Collaroy Plateau. He then became the leader of CSIRO's Radiophysics Radio Astronomy Division from 1945 till his death in 1962.

The work of Joseph Pawsey has led to the development and commercialisation of modern technologies including wi-fi.

We’re proposing a playground upgrade and commemorative space to celebrate the site's history (as part of Council’s Playground Renewal Program).

View the draft Plateau Park Playspace Layout Plan

Plateau Park

Further information

In 2016, Northern Beaches Council endorsed the development of a commemorative space in Plateau Park to celebrate the local and international significance of the Plateau Park radar station from the war years to its threads as radio astronomical heritage in space exploration.

Project deliverables for 2019/20 include:

  • a playground upgrade featuring astronomy-themed elements
  • the installation of a commemorative space featuring a new shelter and seating, with important texts and historical information regarding the discovery of radio astronomy.

Outside the scope of this project, we're proposing future works for Plateau Park Reserve that are subject to funding and additional consultation.

We're also exploring art and community grants to fund additional commemorative space designs for the reserve.

View the draft Plateau Park Landscape Concept Plan.