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Bondi Beach mural makes waves

By VANESSA LIM Wednesday morning saw Luke Cornish’s contentious Bondi mural artwork defaced with graffiti by an unknown vigilante. The controversial mural was an indictment of the Australian government’s asylum seeker treatment. The artwork depicted 24 Australian Border Force guards and symbolised the 24 asylum seekers who have taken their lives since 2010. Cornish, who […]

Seaside sculptures walking away

BY ALEC SMART Sculpture by the Sea, the annual three-week artists’ trail that takes place between late October and early November every year on the seafront walkway between Bondi Beach and Tamarama, is threatening to leave the area after this year’s event. It will end 22 years of incredible artworks set imaginatively into the landscape, […]

Town Hall Drags on Digital Transparency

By John Moyle  Live streaming of council meetings has been enthusiastically taken up across Australia, but in New South Wales the country’s largest and wealthiest council, the City of Sydney, is proving to be a reluctant adaptor to the digital age.  Their stance is despite repeated efforts by the Council’s independent and Liberal councillors to […]

Dam water restrictions affect Eastern Suburbs

By Vanessa Lim Water restrictions were implemented on the 1st of June, affecting residents all over Sydney. Due to the prolonged drought, dam levels have declined from 95% to only 53% capacity in NSW. This catalysed the implementation of Sydney Water’s level 1 water restrictions, with some restrictions including banning the use of standardised sprinklers, […]

Building futures

BY JOHN MOYLE Buildings directly and indirectly account for almost 40 per cent of global energy consumption and that is why this week Waverley Council rolled out the second phase of its Building Futures program aimed at reducing energy costs across the municipality’s strata buildings. To date, 10 buildings have completed this first roll-out of […]

Graffiti distresses Holocaust survivors

BY VANESSA LIM Swastika graffiti has struck Bondi twice now, potentially distressing Holocaust survivors who may suffer from trauma and PTSD. The February swastika graffiti attack has been followed up by another attack in April at various places including the Bondi Beach murals. NSW Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive Vic Alhadeff denounced the anti-semitic […]

Bondi Pavilion revamp

BY VANESSA LIM The new Waverley Council has submitted plans to restore the Bondi Pavilion upgrade culture and art facilities important to locals. The new council’s $26.7 million dollar plan comes after the old council’s controversial $38 million dollar plans for Bondi Pavilion were scrapped. Mayor of Waverley Council John Wakefield commented that they were […]

West Bondi twin-tower development

BY VANESSA LIM The proposed 11-storey twin-tower building at West Bondi has been recommended to the NSW Department of Planning, despite public disapproval. The Independent Planning Commission has advised the NSW Department of Planning to proceed to the finalisation of the Stargate Property Group’s luxury apartment development. But this proposal has received backlash from locals […]

Stadium wrecking balls yet to swing

By Wendy Bacon UPDATE Waverley Council rejected a Liberal rescission motion on Thursday evening and voted for legal action aimed at stopping Infrastructure NSW's (INSW) plan to demolish the Sydney Football Stadium at Moore Park. This means there will now be two legal actions. Also on Thursday, City of Sydney Mayor Clover Moore, Waverley Mayor […]

Stadium still in the balance

By Wendy Bacon Following the defeat of a Liberal party rescission motion on Monday, Waverley Council has finally been able to push ahead with urgent legal moves against the approval of the demolition of Sydney Football Stadium. At its third attempt, Waverley Council had a quorum with nine councillors present. The rescission motion was narrowly […]