Bondi Pavilion Upgrade and Conservation Project

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Bondi Pavilion is a much loved community and cultural centre and iconic heritage building. It needs repairs and renewal. In November 2016, Council voted to progress with Stage 1 of the renovations of the iconic Bondi Pavilion.

We've developed a Stage 1 Area Map, to clearly demonstrate the plans for the project, please click here to view.  

Stage 1 will focus on some critical needs of the building in and adjacent to the ground floor northern courtyard. This includes:

  • Building new and larger toilet facilities
  • Environmentally sustainable design measures including improved waste facilities and new solar panels, aiming for a five Green Star rating
  • A new gallery/exhibition/museum space
  • A larger pottery studio (including kiln)
  • Music studio facilities
  • Landscaped courtyards and new outdoor seating
  • Pedestrianised access from Campbell Parade through to the new improved central courtyard area
  • Heritage works including removal of the front façade modern addition ‘glass bubble’ and the concrete amphitheatre, both of which are identified as intrusive in the Bondi Pavilion Conservation Management Plan.

Stage 1 will also include roof replacement and external façade works for the whole building.  The roof structure will also be strengthened in order to accommodate new inwards facing solar panels on the roof.

(Stage 1 does NOT include any changes to the use and layout of the first floor, including the existing theatre, nor any changes to the music studios and High Tide Room).

Council agreed to defer any decision on the rest of the project (Stage 2) until after the next Council is elected. This includes decisions about use and layout of the upper level, the proposed new theatre, changes to the existing music studios and the High Tide Room. Those future decisions will be informed by the findings of the 2016 community consultations, and new reports that will include a business case, proposed Fair Use Policy, proposed theatre programming framework and a Cultural and Community Impact Assessment.

The Cultural and Community Impact Assessment has now been received and is to the July Operations Committee on Tuesday 4 July. Please click here to read the report.

This Impact Assessment will be incorporated into the business case which is currently being prepared. The business case will evaluate the seven options from a community and cultural impact perspective, as well as from a financial perspective.

Together these reports and their recommendations will provide Councillors with a thorough assessment to guide decisions for Stage 2.

What happens next?

The Development Application (DA) exhibition period is now closed.

An independent planning consultant will assess the application and prepare the report to present to the Sydney Planning Panel, operating under the authority of the Greater Sydney Commission who will determine the development application. Waverley Council is not the consent authority.

Construction of Stage 1 would be expected to take about 12 months, probably commencing in the first quarter of 2018.

Decisions about the first floor and other parts of the project will take place after the next Council elections.

Has the recent community feedback resulted in any changes to the plans?

A significant community consultation period was held in September 2016 and this (along with the previous consultation in early 2016) has resulted in significant changes to the plans by Council.

  • Changes made by Council in November 2016 in response to community feedback include:
  • Dedicated music studio facility will remain at Bondi Pavilion
  • Pottery studio with kiln will remain at Bondi Pavilion
  • A new exhibition/museum space has been included
  • Removal of a previously proposed commercially leased space on the ground floor, on the Campbell Parade side of the northern courtyard
  • Deferral of further decisions and works related to the first floor and theatre.

Stage 1 works will increase the amount of community hireable space, compared to the current setup. Stage 1 works will reduce the overall amount of commercially leased space.

The community feedback received in 2016 will play a strong role in the future Council decisions about Stage 2 of the Bondi Pavilion project, following the next Council elections. This will see further changes to Stage 2 plans.

In addition, the community feedback received in 2016 about our Bondi Pavilion arts, music and theatre programs will also be considered as part of our immediate and longer term planning for arts and culture both in the Pavilion and within Waverley as a whole.

To find out more about the findings of the community consultations, click here. 

Thank you

We are grateful to everyone who took the time to share their views with us, whether through surveys, small group discussions, workshops, community meetings or emails. Your feedback has allowed us to amend our plan and will be important for decisions of the future Council.

Note about naming conventions

For convenience, people commonly refer to the northern courtyard and the southern courtyard of Bondi Pavilion rather than the north-eastern and the south-western courtyard.  This is in line with how people refer to North Bondi and South Bondi locations and has been adopted as the naming convention in this information.  Please see attached diagram for clarification.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs - Community Facilities

Will the community classes continue to operate at the Pavilion?

Yes. Community classes will continue at the Pavilion.  The Stage 1 works do not affect the rooms in which community classes are currently run, apart from the building of a new larger pottery studio. 

Dance classes, martial arts classes, yoga classes, children’s fitness classes, and other recreation and fitness classes run by external operators will all continue at Bondi Pavilion.  Pottery classes and school holiday programs, and other arts programming run by Waverley Council will all continue at Bondi Pavilion.

Will dedicated music studio facilities be retained at the Pavilion?

Yes.  Council has decided that dedicated music studio facilities will permanently continue at Bondi Pavilion.

The Stage 1 works will include new, purpose built space set aside for new music studio facilities. 

The existing music studios are not included in the Stage 1 works and so they will continue operating in their current location; the purpose built space created in Stage 1 will be used as community space, until after Council has made a decision about Stage 2. 

When Council does consider Stage 2, there are two possible outcomes:

  1. The existing music studios in their current location will be retained
  2. A community space, constructed in Stage 1, will become the dedicated music studio space, including recording facilities. The current location for the existing music studios would be removed in order to build a new theatre.  An additional music/rehearsal studio could also be included in the Stage 2 project.

In either scenario, music studios will remain in Bondi Pavilion.

Will the pottery studio be retained?

As part of Stage 1 works, a new, larger pottery studio with kiln will be built at Bondi Pavilion on the ground level.  The new pottery studio will also have air-conditioning.

The existing pottery studio needs to be relocated as the new, larger public toilet and amenities facility will be built in that location.

Will the artist studio be retained?

Yes. The artist studio will be relocated within Bondi Pavilion (outside of the Stage 1 area). Two possible locations have been identified.

Will there be more toilets?

Yes.  The number of female toilets will more than double.

The table below details the increase in public toilet facilities resulting from the Stage 1 improvements (the central toilet block). Please note: the layout of toilets is being amended in response to community feedback, including the provision of a main entrance from the Bondi Pavilion internal northern courtyard.

Stage 1
No. in existing central amenities block
No. in new amenities block
Female toilets
Female showers
Male urinals (places)
Male toilets
Male showers
Accessible facilities

*Note 1: Existing toilet numbers in the central amenities block include one female and one male larger toilet cubicle, but these cubicles do not meet Australian standard for accessible facilities. They are counted in the general female and male toilet numbers.
** Note 2: The new accessible toilet facilities include a ‘Changing Place’, a facility for people with severe disabilities - the first time this facility will be available at Bondi Beach.  More details are available at

Will community classes and community uses be priced out of the Pavilion?

No. Bondi Pavilion will continue to be a community and cultural centre with a full suite of community classes, community uses and cultural programs.

A Fair Use Policy is being drawn up, informed by the community feedback in 2015 and 2016, and in consultation with current key stakeholders. This draft policy will be considered by Council at a future date. It will provide a framework for ensuring that venue hire is affordable, and that community classes continue at Bondi Pavilion. 

Is community space being reduced?

No. Stage 1 works will increase community space, as shown below: 

  • New gallery/exhibition/museum space will be created, of 200 m2.
  • The new pottery studio will be 77m2, compared to the existing pottery studio of 52 m2.
  • A new community space of 75 m2 will be built on the northern edge of the northern courtyard.  This will be constructed so that it can be a future music studio and recording facility. If existing music studios adjoining the southern courtyard are kept as part of Stage 2 works, then the new space will not be needed as a music studio – and the new space can continue to be hireable community space.
  • The existing artist studio of 24 m2 is in the location where the new toilet and amenities block will be.  This artist studio will be relocated within the Pavilion, outside of the Stage 1 area, and there are two possible locations identified at this stage.  This may see the artist studio either about the same size or with a small increase in space.

The net increase in community space is therefore 297 m2 in Stage 1 (not counting changes to the size of the artist studio).

Strong community feedback has been received that it is critical that the square metrage of community space be maintained or increased in Bondi Pavilion.  This feedback will be part of Council’s considerations in relation to Stage 2 works, after the Council election.

What community services are being permanently removed from Bondi Pavilion?

None. All services currently offered at the Pavilion will continue.

Bondi Pavilion will continue to have dedicated music studio and recording space, pottery, sport and exercise classes, children’s classes, school holiday programs, artist studio, art exhibitions and much more.

During construction, the rooms for all classes will still be operating, except the pottery studio.  The pottery studio will be unable to operate during construction, but once Stage 1 works are concluded there will be a new, larger pottery studio with kiln.  Temporary arrangements for pottery classes during construction will be made, in liaison with hirers and users.

What is happening to the theatre?

Council agreed to defer any decision on the theatre until after the next Council is elected. This includes decisions about use of the upper level and the proposed new theatre.

A community and cultural impact assessment is currently being conducted. This is looking at a range of options including a new theatre in the ground floor southern courtyard, as well as the option of retaining and upgrading the theatre in its current first floor position.

In the meantime, we are ensuring the theatre has the best possible facilities for the space. This includes new screen and projector, speakers, microphones, and audio mixing desk.

Why is Council moving the theatre from upstairs to downstairs?

This has not yet been decided.  A cultural and community impact assessment is currently in progress which is assessing the options for keeping the theatre where it is, or building a new purpose built state of the art theatre on the ground floor, adjacent to the southern courtyard.  

There has been a lot of useful community feedback in 2016 about the theatre and its location – this is being considered as part of the cultural and community impact assessment.


Is Council getting rid of the theatre?

No.  The Bondi Pavilion Purpose Statement includes a commitment that Bondi Pavilion will always include a theatre. 

Current studies are assessing the option of a new state of the art theatre on the ground floor adjacent to the southern courtyard, or alternatively an upgrade of the theatre in its existing first floor location.  Either way, Bondi Pavilion will have a theatre for performing arts and film.


How will festivals like Flickerfest run if the courtyard changes? 

Flickerfest can continue to operate in its existing locations - at its existing courtyard location along with the upstairs theatre.  

When the concrete amphitheatre is removed, temporary seating will be brought in for Flickerfest and other festival events where necessary.  Based on previous usage of the concrete amphitheatre this would be expected to occur perhaps 5–10 times per year. 

After construction of Stage 1, festivals will continue to operate at Bondi Pavilion with music and performance venues including the upstairs theatre and upstairs hireable rooms; ground floor courtyards and ground floor hireable rooms. 
There will also be two outdoor natural amphitheatres adjacent to the Pavilion which will be used for festivals and other events:

  • Natural amphitheatre in Bondi Park (the natural amphitheatre used for Carols by the Sea, Open Air Cinema and other events)
  • Natural amphitheatre adjacent to the Campbell Parade facing façade – this will be reinstated as part of Stage 1 works


Where will the music studios be? 

Council has committed to keeping music studio and recording facilities at Bondi Pavilion, however the location may move within the Pavilion.

The existing music studios will remain at least until Stage 2 is decided upon and carried out. Council may decide that Stage 2 will retain the existing music studios.

Stage 1 works will create a new space which will be available for use as a future music studio, in the event that Stage 2 impacts the existing music studio.  In this case, there may also be a second music rehearsal studio built.


Will there be a museum?

Stage 1 works include a new gallery/exhibition/museum space.  The programming and operation of this space will be the subject of further research and consideration in 2017. Displays and programs in the space will likely be focused on heritage.
Council has received a great deal of useful community feedback in relation to interpreting Bondi and Waverley heritage, and the possibility of a museum.  This will be an important part of Council’s considerations.


Is the pottery studio smaller?

No. The proposed staging plan has been developed to accommodate an enlarged pottery studio taking the area from 52m2 to 77m2.


Will the Pottery studio have a kiln?



What is happening to the artist studio?


The existing artist studio in the northern courtyard will be relocated as the space is needed for expanded public toilet and amenities facilities.  Two locations are being looked at.

Council continues to operate an expanded artist in residence program at Waverley Woollahra School of Arts on Bondi Road. There are five artist studio spaces available.


FAQs - Stage 1 Process (including DA submission)

What will happen in Stage 1?

The Stage 1 works focus on the northern courtyard space and adjacent spaces and buildings.  Stage 1 works include:

  • Construction of new public toilets and amenities
  • New gallery/exhibition/museum space
  • Construction of expanded community spaces adjoining the northern courtyard to include:a larger relocated pottery studio with kiln; and a new community space with appropriate services and treatments, so that the room can be fitted out as a purpose built music studio facility at a future date.  If it turns out the existing music studios do not need to be relocated in future, this community space will instead be hireable community space.
  • Internal colonnades and landscaping of the northern courtyard
  • Loading dock and relocated improved waste arrangements
  • Heritage works including removal of the front façade modern addition (the ‘glass bubble’), which will restore the symmetry of the Pavilion’s beach facing façade, and the removal of the concrete amphitheatre to allow for landscaped outdoor community and events space
  • Solar panels and other environmentally sustainable design measures, with a view to achieving five green star environmental ratings
  • Replacement of the roof for the entire building, along with external façade works (painting and repairs) for the whole building.

The Stage 1 works will overall increase community space, and will reduce commercial space. 


How do I view the DA submission?

The Development Application (DA) is available to view online via Council’s website at 

or can be viewed at our Customer Service Centre at 55 Spring Street, Bondi Junction between 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

The DA reference number is DA-100/2017. Submissions are now closed.

How will the development application be assessed?

The development application for Stage 1 will be determined by the Sydney Planning Panel. This panel is part of the Greater Sydney Commissions, and is independent of Council. Further information is available here:

There will be specialised, independent experts, including the local police, asked to provide commentary of certain aspects of the proposal. These include but are not limited to:

  • Traffic management
  • Fire safety and the Building Code of Australia
  • Stormwater measures
  • Sustainability
  • Heritage and urban design
  • Community safety
  • Landscape design
  • Environmental health
  • Waste

The DA will also be referred to the NSW Office of Heritage and Environment and the NSW Heritage Council for comment and approval.

Council will not determine the application, and it will be independently assessed. Instead, the role of Council will be to:

  • Lodge the development application
  • Advertise and notify the community of the public exhibition period
  • Facilitate the public exhibition period, including coordinating community feedback
  • Obtain any concurrence required
  • Obtain general terms of approval from government agencies and consideration of matters set out in Section 79C of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.
  • Coordinate expert commentary on aspects of the proposal, as laid out above

Upon the DA being lodged with Council, you will be able to track the progress of the application here:

What is the community and cultural impact assessment?

Cred Consulting was hired to conduct a community and cultural impact assessment of the options for Bondi Pavilion upgrade and conservation project. They are assessed a range of options, including a new theatre on the ground floor, as well as options to retain the theatre in its current location. 

The community and cultural impact assessment includes consideration of the very important feedback received in 2016, in the first consultation in early 2016 and also in the August-September consultation conducted by KJA consultants.  This feedback is very valuable. The assessment was reviewed by Council at the July Operations Committee meeting. It is available to read here.

FAQs - Stage 1 Construction

When will Stage 1 construction start?

Construction of Stage 1 is expected to commence in about February/March 2018.  However this depends on how long the development assessment process takes, which is outside Council’s control.

How long will Stage 1 construction last?

Construction of Stage 1 is expected to take approximately 12-16 months. 

What facilities will be available during construction of Stage 1?

Apart from the construction zone centred on the northern courtyard, all facilities should be available for public use during construction. The central amenities block, the ground floor music studios, the gallery, the High Tide Room and all hireable rooms, and the upstairs theatre will all be accessible for most of the construction period.  Please note, there will inevitably be some noise and inconvenience due to the adjacent construction site.

The existing central toilet and amenities block will remain available for public use while the new amenities block is constructed.  When the new amenities block is complete, this will be opened to the public and then the site of the former amenities will become new community exhibition space.

We will work with contractors prior to final engagement to minimise disruption caused by the works. 


What will happen to The Bucket List operation?

The current commercial tenant in shop number 1B in Bondi Pavilion operates the space as ‘The Bucket List’, an eatery and bar much loved by many in the community. 

There are particular requirements around the commercial leasing of Crown Land.  The tenancy at Shop 1B would normally have expired in December 2015. Under usual Crown Land procedures, it would have been the subject of a competitive tender or expression of interest process for a new lease. 

However, because the Bondi Pavilion Upgrade and Conservation project was proposed, the existing tenancy was temporarily extended by Council and the current tenant remains in place. 

A competitive tender or expression of interest process will still need to be conducted for a new lease of the space, for the tenancy of the new space after construction of Stage 1.  The existing tenant is very welcome to apply.  


What will happen to The Bucket List space?

Shop 1B (the space occupied by The Bucket List) includes modern additions to Bondi Pavilion at the front and rear, and a first floor space. The front addition was identified by the independently authored Bondi Pavilion Conservation Management Plan 2015 as ‘intrusive’ on heritage grounds, as it permanently obscures the otherwise original and symmetrical beach facing façade.

The Stage 1 works include removal of these modern additions, which reduces the overall commercial tenancy space in that location. 

Outdoor dining will still be in place in front of the Bucket List space, and can include the space formerly occupied by the modern ‘glass bubble’ addition.


What happens to loading facilities and access for Bondi Pavilion?

The current loading and parking zone between Bondi Pavilion and Campbell Parade will be pedestrianised.  A new access zone will be built at the northern corner of Bondi Pavilion, adjacent to the new waste facilities, with access from Park Drive.  The details of the access route are still being determined with traffic consultants


What's the plan for the trees in the courtyard? 


Nine trees are proposed for removal as part of this project. To offset this loss, we propose planting 51 replacement trees within the Pavilion courtyard, which will provide shade and a canopy cover.

We know the environmental conditions at Bondi Park are particularly harsh for most tree species as a result of strong coastal winds, salt spray and low fertility soils. Therefore, any proposed new tree species will be chosen with this consideration.

They will be supplied as advanced-sized stock and in accordance with Australian Standard. 

FAQs - Stage 2

What decisions are deferred until Stage 2?

Stage 2 is not determined yet – this includes the first floor, and all existing spaces around the southern courtyard including existing music studios, High Tide Room and commercial spaces.  Council will make a decision on Stage 2 after the new Council is elected. 

Decisions on the existing theatre, the layout and use of the first floor, allocation of space for commercial tenancies and any other amendments to the concept design as a result of community feedback will be decided at that time.


When will Council make decisions about Stage 2?

The newly elected Council will decide on Stage 2 of the project after the next Council elections. 

The date of the next Council elections is 9 September 2017.

What options are being considered for Stage 2?

Council hired Cred Consulting (Cred) to analyse the Stage 2 potential options for a Community and Cultural Impact Assessment. This went to July Operations Committee on Tuesday 4 July 2017.  This assessment, together with the business case, will provide information to assist the Council to decide on Stage 2.  This decision will take place following Council elections.

There are seven options being assessed, although it is expected that only options 3-6 would be viable. In bold are the two options Cred has evaluated as first-preferred


In summary, the options are:

  • Option 1 (benchmarking only) – Do nothing. Stage 1 works remain.
  • Option 2 (benchmarking only) – Basic Make Good and Minimum Works Stage 1 works remain.  For the area outside of Stage 1, basic repair and renewal works done, with essentially no upgrades or improvements.
  • Option 3 – The theatre stays in current first floor location but is upgraded. The Seagull Room remains a hireable community space. The Dolphin Room and Ocean Room become a small café on the first floor. Ground floor music studios and High Tide Room remain in current location. Stage 1 works remain.
  • Option 4 – Theatre stays in current first floor location but is upgraded. Seagull Room, Dolphin Room and Ocean Room become a café/eatery. Ground floor music studios and High Tide Room remain in current location. Stage 1 works remain. 
  • Option 5 – New theatre built on ground floor. Existing theatre space becomes a community hireable space, Seagull room remains a community hireable space; Dolphin Room and Ocean Room become a single hireable community space. Music studio facilities are provided in the new allocated community space built in Stage 1 and also probably an additional studio space constructed in Stage 2. Stage 1 works remain.
  • Option 6 – New theatre built on ground floor. Existing theatre space becomes a community hireable space, Seagull Room, Dolphin Room and Ocean Room become a café/restaurant. Music studio facilities provided in new allocated community spaces built in Stage 1 and also probably in Stage 2. Stage 1 works remain. 
  • Option 7 (benchmarking only) – New theatre built on ground floor.  Music studio facilities provided in new allocated community space built in Stage 1. First floor space has maximum commercial use. Stage 1 works remain.

Options 3 and 5 are equally ranked by Cred as first-preferred. Both options deliver improved cultural and community use outcomes for the Pavilion, including:

  • increased community and cultural floor space
  • upgraded and more flexible facilities
  • ability to support a range of cultural and community activities, and viability of the Pavilion's hirable spaces.
You can view the Cred Cultural and Community Impact Assessment in full here. 

FAQs - General (including Operations and Financial)

Has Council been running down Bondi Pavilion in recent years?

No. While a major conservation and upgrade project is required, Council does continue to annually invest in Bondi Pavilion with regular maintenance, upgrades and arts and culture activities. A key recent project has been the Bondi Pavilion Fire Safety Upgrade.  In 2015-16 Council spent $1.585 million on this project, partially offset by a federal heritage grant.  The project is expected to be completed in 2016-17.  Another example is the installation of new film projection facilities in the theatre. A new audio mixing desk, speakers and microphones have been purchased, and a new screen and projector will be installed this financial year. 


How are Bondi Pavilion operations currently funded?

Bondi Pavilion is a very busy community facility. Its operations are paid for by Waverley Council, partially offset by income from venue hire and commercial tenancies. 

In the most recent financial year 2015-16 Council spent $1.8 million operating Bondi Pavilion.  After operating income, Council’s net operating subsidy to Bondi Pavilion for the year 2015-16 was $682,408.

The operating figures above do not include capital works expenditure (such as the fire safety upgrade), or corporate overheads.

More detailed figures are below:

Bondi Pavilion operating income and expenditure – Actuals 2015-16
(excludes depreciation and reserves)

2015/16 Actuals ($)

Bondi Pavilion Facility/Venue Operations - User Charges
Includes room hire fees
Bondi Pavilion Facility/Venue Operations - Other Revenue
Includes commercial tenancy revenue, utilises reimbursement, bar sales
Cultural Programs - Bondi Pavilion revenue
Includes hire income for music studio, theatre and gallery; school holiday program income; pottery studio income; theatre event tickets and other ticket sales
Total Income



Bondi Pavilion Facility/Venue Operations - Employee Costs
Includes onsite permanent and casual venue and facilities staff and oncosts
Bondi Pavilion Facility/Venue Operations - Materials + Contracts
Includes cleaning contract, maintenance supplies, temporary onsite staff
Bondi Pavilion Facility/Venue Operations - Operating Expenses Includes cost of utilities, land tax, purchase of goods for bar sales 167,732
Cultural Programs - Bondi Pavilion expenses
Includes school holiday program, pottery, gallery and music costs; author talks and other theatre events; Carols by the Sea event; and a proportion of Cultural Programs staffing costs
Total expenditure





What is the cost of the project as submitted in the DA?


The cost estimate for Stage 1 is $15.2 million. This cost estimate was prepared by a qualified quantity surveyor. It includes over $3 million in contingency - this is a contingency of over 20 per cent for this stage of the project. This is a high level of contingency, which has been applied due to the building's heritage status, complex uses, and community importance.


Is the project financially viable?


Yes. Now the project is proceeding in stages, Council expects to fully fund the Stage 1 works without loans. A revised Long Term Financial Plan will be considered by Council in April 2017.


What will be the cost of Stage 2 works?


Previously, the project including Stage 2 had been costed at $39.1 million total. However, the Stage 2 works are not decided upon, especially in relation to the southern courtyard and the entire first floor. The decision on Stage 2 will take place following the next Council elections, which could be late 2017 or early 2018. Depending on what is included in Stage 2, the total costing will change.


I have heard that the whole project will cost over $50 million, is that true?

No. The initial estimate presented to Council from the quantity surveyor was $39.1 million for the life of the project.  This figure, and all figures quoted on this page, excludes GST (because any GST payable by Council will be fully refunded to Council as a tax credit through normal processes).   

If GST is included, then Council’s cost estimate for both stages increases by 10 per cent, to $43 million. However this figure includes $3.91 million in recoverable GST.

Please note that this is only a rough estimate, as Stage 2 has not been determined yet. 


Why are the works occurring in stages?

There are many benefits of the Bondi Pavilion works occurring in stages:

  • The existing main central toilets, change rooms and showers will continue to operate while the new public facilities are being built.  This means temporary public amenities will not need to be brought in during the approximately 12–14 month construction period.
  • Other facilities in Bondi Pavilion outside the Stage 1 boundary will continue to operate during construction, including the music studios and High Tide Room, first floor theatre and hireable rooms on the first floor, art gallery, and Council offices.
  • Food and beverage facilities will continue to be available from existing spaces on the southern end of the Pavilion during construction.
  • Stage 1 works will deliver better facilities and services to the Waverley community and to visitors, and the improved services and facilities will be available sooner.
  • Decisions about Stage 2, which include key decisions about the amount of commercial space, use of the first floor, and the existing and proposed theatre facilities, will take place after the next Council elections, and with full consideration of community feedback.

There will of course be some unavoidable inconvenience to users of the rest of the building during the construction period for Stage 1, however Council will work to minimise this.


Why not just undertake maintenance and repairs to the existing building and save money?

For comparison purposes in late 2015, Council obtained a cost estimate for a ‘minimum works’ option – for minimum repair and compliance work of the building, with no layout changes and repairs and compliance work to existing facilities.  This was costed in 2015 at $8.4 million excluding GST.  (The costing would be greater in 2017 due to escalation.)

The proposed Stage 1 works will deliver many more benefits to the community compared to a minimum works option including:

  • New toilet and public facilities, with a major increase in toilets
  • New gallery/exhibition/museum space
  • Landscaped courtyards for community use
  • Expanded pottery studio
  • New community space
  • Pedestrianised entrance from Campbell Parade side
  • Five greenstar rating.


Will there be an increase in commercially leased space?

Stage 1 will actually decrease the amount of commercial space at Bondi Pavilion, and increase the amount of community space available. 

Currently, in the area covered by Stage 1, there is 714 m2 of commercially leased indoor space, leased to two tenants The Bucket List and Surfish.  After Stage 1 works are completed there will be 325 m2 of commercially leased indoor space. There will also be outdoor dining.

Council agreed to defer any decision on the rest of the project until after the next Council is elected, expected to be September 2017. This includes decisions about use of the upper level, the proposed new theatre and changes to existing music studios and the High Tide Room. Those future decisions will be informed by the community consultation reports, which have expressed concerns about this, and new reports that will include a Business Case, Fair Use Policy, Theatre Programming and Management, and Cultural and Community Impact Assessment.

Will the Pavilion be privatised?

No. The Pavilion will continue to be managed by Waverley Council and will continue to have Council staff onsite managing the building, the hireable spaces, its services and cultural events and programs. 
Bondi Pavilion has always included a mix of community and commercial uses. Allocated spaces for restaurants and cafes will continue to be commercially leased.  Stage 1 works reduce the amount of commercially leased space in the building overall.  Stage 2 has not yet been decided.


Will the toilets be safe?

Yes. The current design of the new amenities block is consistent with other toilet blocks in Waverley.  Some refinements to the design of the amenities have occurred in consultation with NSW Police, including a key entrance from the northern courtyard.

Does this project include an underground car park?

No. The Bondi Pavilion Upgrade and Conservation Project does not include an underground car park.

There is mention of car parking in the ten year Bondi Park, Beach and Pavilion Plan of Management.  An action included in this Plan of Management is that Council will investigate the long term possibility of pedestrianising Queen Elizabeth Drive, and relocating those car parking spaces to a potential underground car park. 

The potential underground car park would be in Park Drive, adjacent to Campbell Parade, with a green roof that would provide additional parkland. If the proposal proved feasible, this would see a 15 per cent increase in recreation and green space at Bondi Park.  But feasibility studies have not been completed yet, and it may not be feasible. The feasibility study is entirely separate to the Bondi Pavilion Upgrade and Conservation Project. 

The Bondi Pavilion Upgrade and Conservation Project Stage 1 DA did not include provision for any underground car park.