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Sydney Eastern Suburbs a COVID-19 hotspot

By ALLISON HORE Data released by NSW Health on 26 March reveals that Waverley is one of NSW’s hotspots for COVID-19. The area, which includes Bondi, Bronte, Tamarama and Vaucluse, recorded 105 infected out of NSW’s total of 1,405, the highest number of cases in the state. Nearby suburbs also recorded high counts of confirmed […]

Crowds force closure of Bondi Beach

by ALEC SMART In an effort to curb potential spread of coronavirus, the NSW Govt closed Bondi Beach after thousands of people flocked there to take advantage of unseasonably warm weather. Beachgoers, who arrived in numbers resembling mid-summer crowds that typically swarm to Bondi during Xmas holidays, exceeded Australia’s limit of 500 people at outdoor […]

Bondi Beach more wheelchair-friendly

by ALEC SMART Waverley Council is improving disabled access to popular tourist spot Bondi Beach, which, on hot summer days, can attract up to 40,000 people. On Sat 1 Feb at 11am they’re launching Access Bondi, the official opening of the new accessible ramp at North Bondi, near the Wally Weekes and North Bondi Children’s. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vaucluse electorate profile

By Allison Hore The electoral district of Vaucluse is made up of Watsons Bay, Vaucluse, Rose Bay, Dover Heights, Bondi Beach, Bellevue Hill, Point Piper, Double Bay, Darling Point, most of Woollahra and some parts of Bondi. Socio-economically, the area is very well off, according to the 2016 census. The median weekly household income in […]

The (beach) party is over

by Laura Neill For many Sydneysiders and tourists alike, Christmas Day is synonymous with the beach. It wasn’t so long ago when backpackers and locals descended on Sydney’s iconic eastern beaches armed with Santa hats and eskies full of booze to live the “other” Australian dream –sinking a few cold beers on a scorching Christmas […]

Bondi Pav rises with people power

BY GEORGIA FULLERTON Two years after strong public backlash, Waverley Council will start work on an upgrade to Bondi Pavilion next year. The proposed development, which will cost an estimated $25 million, will be more of a “sympathetic restoration”, and will maintain the iconic building’s reputation as a cultural hub in the community. The now […]

THE NAKED CITY – SCREW THE VIEW!

Sydney is a city obsessed with views – harbour views, beach views, skyline views and district views. Anybody would think we spend most of our time starring out the window admiring the landscape or waterscape beyond. Rent some shoebox apartment and if there’s the slightest glimpse of the harbour or some far distant beach out […]

Bondi Pavilion’s second wind

BY PAUL PAECH It was clear to everyone - except Waverley’s colourful Mayor Sally Betts - that the $38 million proposal to transform Bondi Pavilion into a sleek commercial operation was a dud. So when the NSW Government finally stopped its deeply unpopular compulsory amalgamation of councils, local electors had their chance to create the […]