Bondi Pavilion Restoration & Conservation Project

Have your say on the new concept design for Bondi Pavilion

On Tuesday 4 September, Council endorsed revised concept plans for the Bondi Pavilion Restoration and Conservation Project and we want to hear your feedback before Friday 5 October.

The concept design retains the Pavilion as a community and cultural centre, respecting its heritage and ensuring it is fit for the future needs of the community.

This concept does not see major changes to the configuration of the Bondi Pavilion, but rather is a restoration and conservation of an already functional and beautiful building.

The restoration is vital under the requirements of the NSW Heritage Office endorsed Bondi Pavilion Conservation Management Plan (CMP). Council requires the approval of the NSW Heritage Office to undertake restoration.

Please visit for detailed information about the concept design.

Background information

At our June Council meeting, Council voted to approve the revised architect’s brief. It was developed following extensive community and stakeholder consultation incorporating the recommendations of the Bondi Pavilion Stakeholder Committee. This follows the earlier, February Council meeting, decision
to formally withdraw the Development Application for the Stage 1 upgrade which was submitted in March 2017.

The architects, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, will now work on a new concept design for the whole building. This design will then be part of another public consultation period before the DA process and detailed design commences.

The revised brief includes:

  • Retention and refurbishment of the music rooms, theatre, High Tide room and Seagull Room in their existing position
  • Renovation of all of the amenities including showers, toilets and change facilities.
  • Provision of adequate waste management and storage facilities
  • Provision of technological facilities to future-proof the space
  • Maintaining viability of outdoor festivals, music, film, theatre and other performance in the internal courtyard areas, including the future uses and functions of the current amphitheatre
  • Preparation of designs for the area of Bondi Park between the Bondi Pavilion and Park Drive guided by all relevant conservation management plans
  • Ensuring adequate plumbing for the building.

The revised brief notes that a business case for the future operations of the Pavilion will be finalised in conjunction with the new concept design.

Council also resolved the following:

  • Analysis of the demand for public amenities in and around Bondi Pavilion, including approved motions of Council to increase the number of shower heads on the Promenade, and the separate project to identify a location for a new amenities facility at Bondi Beach
  • Preparation of a policy to achieve best practice waste minimisation by all commercial tenants and for public activities in the Bondi Pavilion
  • Reduction in waste generation

Outside of the Pavilion project, there is lots happening with maintenance and smaller-scale renovations at the Pavilion. For instance:

  • Work has recently finished on a complete re-roofing of the High Tide room
  • New turf has been laid, and additional work done on courtyard lawns
  • Planter boxes in the courtyards have been freshly planted
  • The large planter box inside the artrium has been removed and the floor tiled

And within the next few months:

  • All timber window frames will be repainted
  • Both downstairs and upstairs toilets will be renovated
  • The downstairs foyer in the main Pavilion building will be repainted

All of this will make our beloved Bondi Pavilion more inviting and pleasant to use, while Council decides on the revised plans for the restoration and conservation of the building.

Bondi Pavilion Stakeholder Committee

Following last year’s Council elections, in November 2017 a stakeholder committee was formed to recommend and prioritise the desired uses of the Bondi Pavilion. The Bondi Pavilion Stakeholder Committee has now completed this work and most has been reported to Council. The final recommendations, on the theatre, will be made to Council on 1 May, at the Operations and Community Services meeting.

Work on phase 2 of the Committee’s work – advising on programming and artistic direction for the Bondi Pavilion – will commence later in the year, so that it can be coordinated with the development of Council’s new Cultural Plan.

The committee was chosen by an Expression of Interest process and consists of 17 members (19 originally but two members of the Committee have withdrawn since the Committee was formed. One position is shared by two people. Click to view The Committee’s terms of reference.

Minutes of Committee meetings, and the Committee’s reports to Council are listed on this page.

For further information call 9083 8000 or email

The committee members are as follows:


Terrance Jenkings
Michael Lynch
Diane (Di) Smith
Adrian Newstead
Peter Winkler
Faith Weiland
Rhonda Dixon Grovenor – Representative of Traditional Owners
Leo Shaw-Voysey – Youth Representative
Mark Gould – TV/Film Specialist


Gemma Deacon – Friends of Bondi Pavilion
Joy Clayton - North Bondi Precinct
Lenore Kulakauskas - Bondi Beach Precinct
Gabbi Tobias – Bondi Precinct
Mary Doyle / Sophie Stevens Bradford – Waverley Council Access Committee (shared position)


Councillor Leon Goltsman
Councillor Dominic Wy Kanak
Councillor John Wakefield

On the formation of the Bondi Pavilion Stakeholder Committee, Mayor John Wakefield said:

“I promised a new approach to the refurbishment of Bondi Pavilion. I vowed to provide an open, transparent and informed governance approach which includes getting the community involved in every stage of the Pavilion upgrade. This plan is coming to fruition.

“The appointed committee members have a vast knowledge and talent base. They are experts in a number of areas and we are very fortunate to have such a committed group of people giving vital input into the process.

“Thank you to all of the applicants who applied to be considered for the Committee.”

Deputy Mayor Dominic Wy Kanak said Council can now move forward and prepare new plans and amend the development application.

“We want to create a world standard community and cultural centre and rebuild the community’s trust in those representing them.

“After this initial November–January phase, the Stakeholder Committee will then reconvene to consider future cultural and arts programming for Bondi Pavilion,” said Deputy Mayor Wy Kanak.