Bondi Surf Club Conservation and Upgrade project

2 September 2020

Waverley Council is inviting the community to register to take part in a live information session on Wednesday 9 September about the Bondi Surf Club Conservation and Upgrade project.

The information session will be held in partnership with Bondi Surf Club from 6pm-7pm via Zoom. Representatives available to take questions include:

  • Brent Jackson, President, Bondi Surf Club
  • Emily Scott, Director, Community, Assets and Operations, Waverley Council
  • Matt Henderson, Project manager, Waverley Council
  • Jesse Lockhart-Krause, Director, Lockhart-Krause Architects
  • and Stephen Davies, Heritage planner, Urbis

The information session will be an opportunity to hear from the Council and the club about the draft concept design for the planned upgrade, how the Council and the club arrived at the design, and to answer any questions.

To register to attend, visit

Participants are invited to submit questions beforehand by emailing

The Council is currently inviting the community to provide its feedback about the draft concept design for the upgrade at this round of community consultation closes 17 September 2020.

Mayor of Waverley, Paula Masselos, said the draft concept design has been guided by a detailed Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for the site and is formally supported by The Heritage Council of NSW.

“We are looking forward to what the community thinks about the design for the upgrade to one of Australia’s most iconic surf life saving clubs,” Mayor Masselos said.

Bondi Surf Club President, Brent Jackson, said the concept design proposes equality of facilities for women who comprise more than 40% of the club’s new membership and improved facilities for Nippers.

“We’re the oldest surf club in the world, and the current clubhouse, built in 1934, is hailed for its exceptional cultural and heritage significance. This historic upgrade aims to enhance this,” Mr Jackson said.

The planned upgrade aims to:

  • improve training, first aid and storage facilities appropriate to the water safety and rescue needs of the club. The club conducts hundreds of rescues and first aids each year
  • address significant workplace health & safety and building code non-compliance issues including lack of universal access, adherence to fire standards, flood damage and general disrepair
  • provide greater community interaction via a community accessible museum, sheltered courtyard, open terraces and kiosk.
  • In keeping with requirements of the CMP the draft concept plans include the removal of the various bulky mock heritage additions and unsightly work sheds that detract from the building’s historic value.

To register for the information session, visit

To participate in the community consultation, or to learn more about the project, click here.


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