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Hemmes at the ready: community-focused revamp for Coogee

Merivale CEO Justin Hemmes will unveil his latest acquisition, the ‘Coogee Pavilion’, next month. Formerly known as the Beach Palace Hotel, the property covers approximately 1500 square metres and spans three levels. Mr Hemmes said the venue would be very different from a pub or hotel and would have a strong community focus. “We want […]

Plans to make historic Bronte House heritage item under way

A Conservation Management Plan (CMP) has been finalised for Bronte House, giving recommendations for the ongoing use and care of the historic location. Dating back to 1845, Bronte House is the oldest known residence in the Waverley LGA, as well as one of Australia’s few surviving colonial residencies. Currently owned and managed by Waverley Council, […]

Club revamp to pose traffic woes

The redevelopment of Hakoah Club on Hall Street, Bondi Beach, has ignited a heated debate around the state of traffic congestion in Waverley. Labor councillor Paula Masselos said the difficulties of traffic congestion signal a wider problem, not just limited to Hall Street. “Now with the Hakoah redevelopment, it’s brought in a whole lot more […]

Call for compassion at Boonara Avenue

Waverley Council has resolved to recover up to $350,000 of legal and clean-up costs surrounding a Boonara Avenue property in Bondi. This is the fourth occasion on which the Land and Environment Court has ordered the council to clean-up the notorious Bobolas family’s property since 2005. Labor councillor John Wakefield disagrees with the decision, arguing […]

Council lock-step with state government, critics say

Waverley Council will hold a second community consultation tonight (April 3) regarding its plans for West Oxford Street in Bondi and the Waverley Bus depot. The consultation is part of council’s ‘charrette’, an intensive planning and design phase, to develop a strategic plan for Bondi Junction. Concerns have been raised the charrette may amend parameters […]

Ex-gay ministry bites the dust

Living Waters Australia, one of the largest and longest running ex-gay ministries still operating in Australia, will cease its operations next month. Only two ex-gay ministries – Liberty Christian Ministries and Beyond Egypt - remain in Sydney. In November, the Inner West Independent revealed Liberty Christian’s struggle to find a new pastoral worker after the […]

Green thumbs get new guidelines

Waverley Council’s revitalised Public and Street Gardens policy will see the council play a deciding role in which street or public gardens can go ahead. The revised policy builds on council guidelines released more than a decade ago. There is now a step by step checklist in place intended to guide those looking to work […]

Artists’ lament for festival funds

There is growing discontent within the arts and culture community regarding the absence of the traditional opening day of free events that once kicked off the Sydney Festival. NSW Government funding cuts have forced the end of Festival Night and Day One, which attracted huge crowds in previous years. Mimi Kelly, the visual arts co-ordinator […]

Gobbling up Bondi’s waste

Waverley Council has stepped out of the box in its attempt to meet ambitious environmental targets set for the end of this decade. One of the innovations of its waste management strategy is an ongoing trial of the “Bondi Gobbler” composting system, the first of its kind in Australia that turns food waste into compost […]

Robertson’s rules: Labor calls for last drinks in the Cross

The NSW Opposition is urging the state government to adopt an eighteen-month trial of Newcastle-style lockouts in Kings Cross and the Sydney CBD. The plan, titled ‘Drink Smart, Home Safe’, would impose measures such as 1am lockouts, 3am last drinks and restrictions on drinks with a high alcohol content (such as shots) after 10 pm […]