Best Of The Best Awards

Many of Waverley's Local Heroes have been immortalized in Waverley's Recognising Our Community Leaders Walk. This walk is dedicated to people to have made a lifelong contribution to the local community. Plaques have been installed on the promenades along Bondi or Bronte Beach in their honour. These Local Heroes were considered the Best of the Best of Waverley's Local Heroes.

The Best of the Best is awarded every four years. Our next award will be the 2019 award (judging at the beginning of 2020). We are currently updating our Best of the Best nomination form. If you would like to be notified of its availability please contact Coordinator Local Connections by email or by phone on 9083 8916.

Awards on the Recognising Our Community Leaders Walk commenced in 2005, with twelve Local Heroes are currently recognised. They are:

  • John D Morrison for his exceptional contributions, reaching all areas of the local community
  • Bill & John Symonds for their long-standing commitment to local schools, charities, community organisations and sporting clubs in Waverley and further afield
  • Wendy Jamieson for her inexhaustible commitment to the Waverley community, including establishing the Lighthouse Community
  • Zelda Feigen for her untiring dedication and continued commitment to a range of locally significant organisations
  • Cliff Goochild for his passion and commitment to music and culture and establishing the Waverley Bondi Beach Band
  • Reverend Frances Wootton for her 25 years of service to the homeless and those in difficulat circumstances at Norman Andrews House
  • Judge Bob Bellear, the first Aboriginal judge in Australia, Judge Bellear was a dedicated social justice campaigner
  • Phil O'Sullivan for this iconic O'Sullivans garage and lifetime of service through Rotary and the Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club
  • Harry Nightingale for his commitment to surf safety, establishing the Surf Life Saving Association of Ceylon and coaching swimming for Australia
  • Evelyn Whillier, an Olympian and Bronte icon, she taught hundreds of locals to swim
  • Stan McDonald, the first Chief Beach Inspector at Bondi, he rescued hundreds in the surf, and established the Bondi institution - Mac's Beach Hire
  • Rabbi Dovid Slavin, for his leadership abilities, breadth of volunteering work and in particular the founding of Our Big Kitchen, a non-domination charitable organisation that brings together people from all walks of life for community-building activities, feeding those in need.

For more information, please contact the Local Connections Coordinator on 9083 8916 or email

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Local Connections Coordinator
Phone: 9083 8916