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By Emily Contador-Kelsall Babi Yar commemorated at Waverley Waverley Council has agreed to erect a plaque in Waverley’s memorial gardens to commemorate the Babi Yar Massacre for the first time ever in Sydney. Babi Yar, a ravine in Kiev, was the site of a series of massacres carried out by German forces during their WWII campaign […]

Discontent grows over Chapel takeover

The Sydney Presbytery of the Uniting Church will meet this Tuesday (June 24) at a Special Meeting of the Presbytery to determine whether they will proceed with or reverse the decision to dissolve the congregation at Bondi’s Chapel by the Sea. The ministry was dissolved on May 26. Reverend John Queripel, who led the congregation, […]

Waverley Council supports continued funding for women’s homelessness

Waverley Council voted unanimously to seek the continuation of funding for women’s refuges and specialist women’s homelessness support services in the inner city and eastern suburbs at a council meeting held last Tuesday (June 17). The council will formally write to State Member for Vaucluse and NSW Minister for Community Services, Gabrielle Upton, to clarify […]

Waverley Council signals opposition to changes to Discrimination Act

Waverley Council has confirmed its opposition to the Federal Government’s exposure draft of amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act. The council resolved to write to the Federal Member for Wentworth Malcolm Turnbull to state its concern over the repeal of section 18C, which will see the removal of the words “offend, insult, humiliate and intimidate” […]

Smoking Banned at Sporting Venues

Smokers caught lighting up at all outdoor organised sports events in New South Wales may incur a $300 on-the-spot fine, but the law does not require signs warning of the penalty. NSW Sport and Recreation Minister Stuart Ayres said the smoking bans protect everyone from harmful second-hand smoke. “Families and children make up a large […]

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 […]

Upton opposes Wellington St rezone

by Bernadette Anvia   It’s the redevelopment that’s had Bondi locals up in arms. Four years after Waverley council warded off attempts to rezone their last remaining tennis courts to make way for 30 units and a community centre, residents are gearing up for another fight to protect their local sporting facility. The Maccabi tennis […]

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 […]

Bondi butts out with smoking ban

By Nick Richardson A report recommending a comprehensive ban of smoking in public areas was presented at Waverley Council's operations meeting last week, calling on council to restrict public smoking and "improve the health of the community". The May 6 report builds on Council's previous efforts to institute a ban on smoking at all of […]

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 […]