Mayor's column

20 Nov 2019: Bondi Pavilion Restoration & Conservation Project
21 Nov 2019

As Council prepares for approval next month of the development application (DA) for the Bondi Pavilion Restoration & Conservation Project, I would like to update the community on how Council has progressed this much-anticipated project so far.


13 Nov 2019: Bus privatisation and speed limit changes
21 Nov 2019

Last week, I moved an urgency motion in Council calling on the State Government to reverse its decision to privatise the last remaining State Transit-operated bus regions in NSW.


6 Nov 2019: Living Connections program
21 Nov 2019

Do you live in Tamarama or Bronte and have a patch of green to call your own? Then join Waverley Council’s free Living Connections program and turn your garden into a natural oasis for you and small wildlife.


30 Oct 2019: Waverley Public Art Advisory Committee
21 Nov 2019

As the chair of the Waverley Public Art Advisory Committee, I am delighted to invite Waverley residents with relevant expertise and/or interest in public art or the visual arts to apply for a position on this advisory committee of Council.


23 Oct 2019: Protecting Waverley from over development
21 Nov 2019

I am requesting the Minister for Planning and Public Places to prepare a State Environment Planning Policy (SEPP) to protect Centennial Park from future development which could adversely affect its aesthetic and heritage significance.


16 Oct 2019: Marks Park Upgrade opening
21 Nov 2019

Thank you to everyone who came to our Marks Park Upgrade opening on Saturday morning. As my first official opening as Mayor, it was great to see so many people enjoying our new accessible paths and playground.


9 Oct 2019: Bondi Junction Cycleway and Streetscape Project
21 Nov 2019

Stage 2 construction of the Bondi Junction Cycleway and Streetscape Project is now underway along Spring Street between Newland and Denison streets, and Denison Street between Spring and Oxford streets.


2 Oct 2019: New Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Waverley
21 Nov 2019

When I chose to run for Council seven years ago, it was because I have a great love and respect for our beautiful local government area. My deep respect for our community means I will work hard for our residents and ensure that our community’s voice is well heard.


25 Sept: Annual financial update
25 Sep 2019

Council’s finances are very sound. We continue to report an operating surplus, with total net assets of more than $1.2 billion. Council also has almost $180 million in cash or cash investments.


18 Sept: RU OK? Day
18 Sep 2019

RUOK is our national day of action, dedicated to reminding everyone to ask, ‘Are you OK?’ and to remember every day of the year to support people who may be struggling with life’s ups and downs.


11 Sept: Bondi Pavilion Restoration Project and Bronte Surf Club Upgrade
11 Sep 2019

Works to restore the roof of the gatehouse at the rear of the Pavilion started yesterday.


4 Sept: Vale Peter Moscatt, Marie Curtis and Peter McCallum.
04 Sep 2019


From a childhood growing up in the east to a career in rugby league as a player representative to a Councillor and a Mayor of Waverley, Peter Moscatt was a friend, a mentor, a man of wisdom and of common sense. Thank you Peter for all you did to make the world a better place.


28 Aug: Diamond Bay Reserve
28 Aug 2019

Last week, Council considered an urgent report regarding visitor safety at Diamond Bay Reserve. Councillors unanimously agreed to undertake an independent risk review by qualified assessors of our coastal reserves, with Diamond Bay as a priority location.


21 Aug: Luke Cornish mural
21 Aug 2019

The Bondi Beach sea wall mural painted by Luke Cornish will be replaced after the completion of an Expressions of Interest (EOI) process run by Waverley Council staff.


14 Aug: Bondi Junction Cycleway and Streetscape Upgrade
14 Aug 2019

The project will provide a separated cycleway through the Bondi Junction commercial centre, linking Oxford Street, Syd Einfeld Drive and Bondi Road intersection to an existing cycleway at the north eastern corner of Centennial Park.


7 Aug: Best of the Best plaque unveiling
14 Aug 2019

Honouring our Waverley local heroes Audrey and Peter McCallum.


July The Beast: Electric vehicle charging stations launch
05 Aug 2019

Waverley, Woollahra and Randwick councils have become the first councils in NSW to provide public on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.


February The Beast: Switch to LED efficient lighting
05 Aug 2019

Waverley Council is committed to tackling climate change and making environmental sustainability in our area second nature. This year we will implement several projects aimed at reducing our greenhouse emissions and protecting the local environment.


24 July: Bondi Mermaids
05 Aug 2019

Council formally recognises the 60th anniversary next year of the placement in April 1960 of the Bondi Mermaids by local sculptor, Lyle Randolph on the 235-tonne Big Rock boulder off Ben Buckler headland at North Bondi.


August The Beast: Record investment in Waverley
01 Aug 2019

With the new financial year well underway, I would like to reflect on my Council’s achievements over the past 12 months, most especially our investment in major projects to improve the experience of Waverley for our residents and visitors over the coming years.


31 July: New public forum
31 Jul 2019

For the rest of the year, we are trialing a public forum before each Council Meeting. Think of it as an “open mic”- a chance for you to voice your concerns and give us your opinions, face-to-face with Councillors.


17 July: NAIDOC Week
17 Jul 2019

On Friday 12 July, Waverley and Randwick Councils partnered with Centennial Parkland to host an evening of entertainment and cultural learning in celebration of NAIDOC 2019.


10 July: North Bondi mural
10 Jul 2019

Waverley Council is inviting submissions from artists interested in developing a concept for our new world-famous ‘BONDI’ street art mural above Wally Weeks Pool at North Bondi.


3 July: Seven Ways Upgrade
03 Jul 2019

Our community consultation for our Seven Ways upgrade at North Bondi is now complete and I’m pleased to report that we had overwhelming support from the consultation about what Council has planned for the upgrade.


July City Hub: Record investment in Waverley
01 Jul 2019

I would like to reflect on my Council’s achievements over the past 12 months, most especially our investment in major projects to improve the experience of Waverley for our residents and visitors over the coming years.


26 June: Record investment in Waverley
26 Jun 2019

I would like to reflect on my Council’s achievements over the past 12 months, most especially our investment in major projects to improve the experience of Waverley for our residents and visitors over the coming years.


19 June: Waverley Business Forum
19 Jun 2019

Performance and resilience coach Vashti Whitfield is our guest speaker at the next Waverley Business Forum on Monday 24 June at Easts Leagues Club.


12 June: Marks Park accessible pathway
12 Jun 2019

Council has begun works to upgrade Marks Park, Tamarama to provide more ways to enjoy the spectacular view!


5 June: Electric vehicle charging stations launch
05 Jun 2019

Waverley, Woollahra and Randwick councils have become the first councils in NSW to provide public on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.


June The Beast: Bondi Blueprint
01 Jun 2019

Waverley Council is embarking on its largest civil infrastructure works program at Bondi Beach in almost a century.


June City Hub: Electric vehicle charging stations launch
01 Jun 2019

Waverley, Woollahra and Randwick councils have become the first councils in NSW to provide public on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.


29 May: Building Futures
29 May 2019

Waverley Council last week launched round two of its Building Futures program to help a further 10 strata buildings in Waverley save thousands in energy and water costs by providing support from start to finish.


22 May: Notts Avenue Safety and Streetscape Upgrade
22 May 2019

The concept designs have been informed by feedback received through our recent community survey and face-to-face consultation with residents, visitors and other key stakeholders.


15 May: Easy to do Business portal
15 May 2019

Waverley Council has partnered with Service NSW and the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner to launch Easy to do Business in Waverley.


8 May: Waverley Heritage & Design Awards
08 May 2019

I would like to congratulate the winners of our 2019 Waverley Heritage & Design Awards. The calibre of entries was very high indeed.


May The Beast: North Bondi Asset Renewal Project
01 May 2019

Waverley Council is due to begin a suite of essential repair and renewal works along the promenade between Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi, and the ocean in late April.


May City Hub: Bondi Pavilion Restoration & Conservation Project
01 May 2019

Our proposal for the restoration of the iconic Bondi Pavilion has reached a major milestone with the development application now open for public and stakeholder input.


1 May: Compost Revolution
01 May 2019

Australia currently generates around 50 million tonnes of waste every year of which 7.6 million tonnes is food waste.


24 Apr: Lest we forget
24 Apr 2019

On Anzac Day, we pay tribute to and remember those who have served and died in war and on operational service past and present.


17 Apr: Bronte Beach Village Streetscape Upgrade
17 Apr 2019

I held a meeting recently with key stakeholders in the Bronte Beach Village Streetscape Upgrade project to discuss how our proposed works aim to significantly improve pedestrian safety and amenity in the area.


10 Apr: Bondi Pavilion Restoration & Conservation Project
10 Apr 2019

The development application will soon be open for public and stakeholder input and a period of 28 days is set aside for this next phase of community consultation.


3 Apr: Notts Avenue Safety and Streetscape Upgrade
03 Apr 2019

We want to hear from you, the community, about how you use Notts Avenue and what we could do to improve your experience of the space.


April The Beast: Changes to parking
01 Apr 2019

Last year, Waverley Council introduced a fairer system of parking fees and permits for residents and visitors.


April City Hub- Waverley Cultural Plan
01 Apr 2019

The plan will set goals and strategies to deliver the cultural objectives of Council’s Community Strategic Plan, including a strong focus on increasing opportunities for the community to celebrate and participate in art and culture.


27 Mar: Waverley Cultural Plan
27 Mar 2019

We want to hear from you about where and how you create, learn or experience culture in Waverley and your ideas for the future.


20 Mar: 2019 Lifeguard Challenge
20 Mar 2019

Lifeguards from Waverley, Randwick and Sutherland Shire braved large swells and torrential rain for the annual Lifeguard Challenge, a gruelling 30 kilometre swim, paddle and run from Bondi to Cronulla in aid of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation.


13 Mar: Sydney Football Stadium
13 Mar 2019

I stand by our decision to take the government to Court over its handling of the Sydney Football Stadium development consent.


6 Mar: International Women’s Day.
06 Mar 2019

Join cultural leaders Rhoda Roberts and Clothilde Bullen in conversation on Friday, 8 March at Bondi Pavilion.


March The Beast: Lifeguard Challenge
01 Mar 2019

A group of Waverley Council lifeguards will be taking part in the 2019 Lifeguard Challenge to raise money for the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation (SCHF).


March City Hub: Changes to parking
01 Mar 2019

Last year, Waverley Council began introducing a fairer system of parking fees and permits. I am happy to report that Council will now be switching off parking meters in Queen Elizabeth Drive and Park Drive North/Park Drive South, Bondi Beach, after 7 pm all-year-round.


27 Feb: A fairer system of parking
27 Feb 2019

In July 2018, Waverley Council began introducing a fairer system of parking fees and permits for residents and visitors including the removal of the fee for the first Residential Parking Permit and switching off parking meters in the Bondi Junction commercial area at 6pm each day to reinvigorate business in the evenings.


20 Feb: Waverley Local Hero Awards.
20 Feb 2019

Do you know someone who works selflessly for the community? Someone who stands out because of their community work, generosity and commitment to others?


13 Feb: Bondi Beach trial of Return and Earn.
13 Feb 2019

More than one million drink containers have been cashed in at the Bondi Beach reverse vending machine (RVM) since it opened in June 2018.


6 Feb: NSW Seniors Festival.
06 Feb 2019

Our program has both free and paid activities for people over the age of 50 including tai chi, yoga and pilates classes, author talks, talks about healthy living and tech classes with the team from City East College.


February City Hub: Lifeguard Challenge
01 Feb 2019

A group of Waverley Council lifeguards will be taking part in the 2019 Lifeguard Challenge to raise money for the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation (SCHF).


30 Jan: Allianz Stadium demolition consent.
30 Jan 2019

On Monday, 21 January, I wrote to the Minister for Planning, Anthony Roberts, asking that the demolition of the Sydney Football Stadium does not proceed until the Minister has been able to correct any errors made in the issuing of the consent to date.


23 Jan: Celebrating 160 years of Waverley
23 Jan 2019

The proclamation of the Municipality of Waverley was gazetted on June 16, 1859.


10 Jan: Surf safety for all
10 Jan 2019

Our highly-skilled professional lifeguards work 365 days a year to ensure everyone is safe and enjoy their day at the beach.


January The Beast: Another productive year for Waverley Council
01 Jan 2019

The Bondi Pavilion and Restoration Project has progressed from the concept design phase to drawing up the plans for submission of the development application.


January City Hub: Surf Safety for all
01 Jan 2019

Our highly-skilled professional lifeguards work 365 days a year to ensure everyone is safe and enjoy their day at the beach.