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Free parking ‘ no kidding

Riders of motorbikes and scooters in Waverley are in line for free parking after a mayoral initiative was unanimously adopted last week.

Waverley Mayor Ingrid Strewe asked the council to investigate doubling parking spaces for motorbikes and scooters within five years as well as making these spaces free.
‘Motorbikes and scooters are better for the environment ‘ they use less fuel, emit fewer pollutants and take up less space,’ the mayor said. ‘It’s a twofold initiative ‘ we will look at expanding free, time-limited, on-street parking for motorbikes and scooters as well as the provision of free, all-day commuter parking at car parks such as Syd Einfield.’

The council also agreed to free parking after 6pm on the outskirts of Bondi Junction.
‘Last year we turned off 23 meters at Grafton Street and Bronte Road in Bondi Junction This has worked well, so we’re extending the trial and turning off an extra 26,’ Cr Strewe said. ‘Free parking at night will open up the area for those visiting Bondi Junction as well as attract more people to our many restaurants and cafes.’

The meters are in Nelson Street, Leswell St, Oxford Street west, Ruthven St, Newland Street, Gardiner St, McKenzie St, Porter St, Allens Parade, Waverley St and Pine Lane.

Civic Pride Heritage and Design Awards

Linda and Vincent Beagley have won this year’s Heritage Conservation prize for transforming their Bondi Road Federation-style shopfront into a renovated and restored gallery, including new shopfront, removal of awning sign, restoration of pressed metal ceilings and tiling of entry to match a date stamp from 1903. The prize is part of Waverley Civic Pride Awards Heritage and Design.
Jaye and Les Yong took out the Contemporary Design award for their Carlton Street Waverley home (Architect: Luigi Rosselli Pty Ltd), a new contemporary dwelling, using a combination of traditional and modern materials to create an organic form with exceptional amenity.
Waverley Mayor Ingrid Strewe congratulated the winners: ‘If these nominations are anything to go by then the standard of architecture and heritage conservation in our area is excellent.’

Making schools sustainable

Moriah College Primary School has received a Waverley Council grant of $965 to set up a school composting system. The council has been offering schools small grants of up to $4000 as part of its Greenwave Sustainable Schools program.
Mayor Ingrid Strewe congratulated Moriah College on its initiative.
‘Moriah is one of two local schools to receive money from our program this year. They will compost lunch scraps into natural fertilizer for their lawn and garden beds,’ she said. ‘Every little bit counts. If we all make small changes, we can collectively make a difference. Teaching children good environmental practices gives them a good start in life as well as helps protect our environment for future generations.’
Waverley College also received a grant as part of this year’s round of funding. The program aims to help schools incorporate environmental programs into its syllabus. Clovelly Public School, Galilee Catholic Primary School and Rose Bay Secondary College were awarded a combined $8400 for environmental initiatives in 2006.