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Waverley’s local democratic process revisited

Greens councillor Dominic Wy Kanak has called on Waverley Council to reintroduce questions with notice in a bid to increase transparency and open debate regarding local community issues. Councillor Wy Kanak’s motion was defeated at the May 20 council meeting, but the process has been instituted at state and federal parliamentary levels. Cr Wy Kanak […]

Residents left “in the dark” over West Bondi

Danielle Ecuyer of the Bondi Junction Precinct Committee has questioned the legitimacy of community consultations surrounding the future of West Bondi Junction amid fears the Waverley Local Environment Plan (LEP) 2012 is expected to change. In a Future Cities Collaborative presentation at the East Leagues Club earlier this month, Waverley Mayor Sally Betts announced plans […]

Bronte parking rates under review

Councillor Paula Masselos has called on Waverley Council to investigate the feasibility of changing parking meter regulations in Bronte during winter. The proposal applies to the cafe strip on Bronte Road at Bronte Beach and between 484 to 520 Bronte Rd (on both sides of the road), with the present rate fixed at $6.60 per […]

REVEALED: Bronte residents “ignored” in RSL redevelopment plans

Community activist Stephen Lightfoot has called on newly elected NSW Planning Minister Pru Goward to "take control" and stop redevelopment of the Bronte RSL, citing concerns the proposed six-storey site could bear significant ramifications for local amenity. A series of papers documenting discussions between the state government, developer Winston Langley Burlington (WLB) and other stakeholders […]

Historical plaque for Hakoah

A new historical plaque is being mooted to recognise the history of the Hakoah Club on Hall Street and its significance to the Bondi community. Waverley Greens councillor Dominic Wy Kanak will convene with Hakoah member Richard Davis and a variety of stakeholders to discuss a potential wall plaque at the Toga Adina building, with […]

Overshadowed and overlooked: West Oxford talks dubbed “disingenuous”

Discussions surrounding the future of the Waverley bus depot site at West Oxford Street in Bondi Junction have been labelled as “disingenuous” and “shoddy” by Waverley councillor Paula Masselos, who argues that the community has limited say in the process. A groundwater assessment report prepared by environmental consultancy firm A. D. Envirotech Australia for the […]

Our fallen lifesavers: lest we forget

A new memorial will be unveiled at Coogee Beach later this month to commemorate the Australian surf lifesavers who served as soldiers in international conflicts since World War I. The ‘Fallen Lifesavers’ memorial will feature a statue of a digger and a lifesaver by Australian sculptor Alan Somerville with a large sandstone and grass terraced […]

Pressure mounts to halt high rise

Design consultations surrounding the west Oxford Street precinct are “concerning” and community members have been rendered as “silent observers” in the process, community activist Matthew Gain says. Mr Gain’s ‘Save West Bondi Junction’ community group was formed to ensure any development at west Oxford Street is in accordance with the existing Waverley Local Environment Plan […]

RSL proposal ‘beyond reason’: Notley-Smith

A planned redevelopment of Bronte RSL is “excessive” and “inappropriate” because of its impact on child safety and traffic movement within Bronte, says Coogee MP Bruce Notley-Smith. Located at 113 Macpherson Street, the RSL site is subject to a development application by Winston Langley Burlington, which would create a six-storey commercial retail space with a […]

Revealed: plan to give Wellington the boot

The Sydney East Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) has recommended the Maccabi Tennis Club in Bondi to be rezoned into an R3 medium density residential site with 42 apartments and 49 new parking spaces, overruling Waverley Council’s vote to keep the recreational space. Waverley Councillor John Wakefield said the courts, located at 105 Wellington St […]