Bondi Pavilion Upgrade and Conservation Project

What’s happening with the upgrade of the Bondi Pavilion?

At the February Council meeting it was decided to formally withdraw the Development Application for the Stage 1 upgrade which was submitted in March 2017. This means that there are currently no major renovations or conservation works in the pipeline.

However, 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

And within the next few months:

  • All timber window frames will be repainted
  • Both downstairs and upstairs toilets will be renovated
  • The large planter inside the atrium will be removed between 21 and 25 May 2018, and the floor tiled
  • 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 upgrade and conservation of the building.

At present, we are working on a revised brief to our architects TZG, which will take into account the work done by the Bondi Pavilion Stakeholder Committee.

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by an Expression of Interest process and consists of 17 members (19 originally but two members of the Committee have withdrawn since the Committee was formed.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. The Committee’s terms of reference can be found here.

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.