Bondi Pavilion Project Background and Stakeholder Committee Information

For information on the current progress of the project, please click here.

On Thursday 19 December 2019, the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel gave us the green light to restore the Pavilion to its former glory with a detailed design that has been guided by the Bondi Pavilion Conservation Management Plan (CMP) and extensive community consultation. This means we’re now able to commence start construction in June 2020, and initiatives are being planned to activate the location during the works.

On Friday 19 June 2020, Buildcorp were announced as the head contractor to carry out the works.

So, what’s the plan? The new design, by architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (TZG), will integrate the outdoor and indoor spaces, connecting the beautiful Bondi Beach to the parklands and Campbell Parade, whilst celebrating the rich history that is the Bondi Pavilion.

Due to its historical importance, any works undertaken to the building are bound by Waverley Council’s Bondi Pavilion Conservation Management Plan (CMP). The CMP, which was adopted by Waverley Council in June 2018, recognises the Pavilion as the centrepiece of Bondi Park, community life and grand point of entry to Bondi Beach from Campbell Parade.


  • April 2019 – the Development Application (DA) for the Bondi Pavilion Restoration and Conservation project was formally lodged
  • December 2019 – the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel approved the DA
  • August 2020 – construction on the Pavilion begins

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If you have any questions about the project, please email

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by an Expression of Interest process and consists of 17 members (19 originally but two members of the Committee have withdrawn since the Committee was formed.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.

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