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BONDI BEACH COMES HOME – TO BONDI BEACH

Not long before his death in 1992 in a Thirroul motel from a drugs overdose, artist Brett Whiteley painted a huge, six-panel collage entitled “Bondi Beach.”

The collage has been sold by Brett’s widow, Wendy, for an undisclosed sum which the purchaser, luxury cart and art dealer Steven Nasteski says is more than the highest price ever paid for a painting by an Australia artist, more than the $5.4-million paid in 2010 for Sidney Nolan’s “First Class Marksman.”

The 730cm long collage, the SMH reports, now graces the entrance hall of Steven’s luxury apartment in Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach, just across the road from the iconic beach itself.

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SYD EINFELD DRIVE ABOVE LOW-WATER MARK

 


Roads and Maritime Services have started work to fix the clogged drains along Syd Einfeld Drive that have been causing flooding in recent wet weather and causing traffic congestion.

 

The work followed a squabble between Woollahra and Waverley councils where neither council wanted to take responsibility for the repair work.

 

The problem was severe enough that the major arterial road flooded after just 25 mm of rain.

 

Waverley and Woollahra councils have agreed to jointly maintain trees hanging low over the road and the RMS expects the repair work will be completed by the end of April.

 

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Woollahra Council will be introducing mandatory parking permits for boats and trailers parked long-term on streets in an effort to reduce congestion.

 

Boats and trailers parked for 28 days without a residential parking permit will be issued a warning and impounded 15 days later if not moved.

 

Vaucluse MLA Gabrielle Upton said these laws are intended to stop people parking their vehicles in streets near harbourside entrances.

 

To rescue their vehicle from impoundment, owners would have to pay $88 plus a fee depending on how long the vehicle had been kept impounded.

 

 

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SYD EINFELD DRIVE ABOVE LOW-WATER MARK

 


Roads and Maritime Services have started work to fix the clogged drains along Syd Einfeld Drive that have been causing flooding in recent wet weather and causing traffic congestion.

 

The work followed a squabble between Woollahra and Waverley councils where neither council wanted to take responsibility for the repair work.

 

The problem was severe enough that the major arterial road flooded after just 25 mm of rain.

 

Waverley and Woollahra councils have agreed to jointly maintain trees hanging low over the road and the RMS expects the repair work will be completed by the end of April.

 

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BONDI MAN ON CHILD SEX CHARGES

 

 

A Bondi man has been arrested as part of an anti-paedophile operation launched by Eastern Suburbs police.

 

The man is facing 19 child sex charges as well as three concerning running a child prostitution business.

 

Police will allege the man befriended immature girls online before committing the offences, which date back to 2008.

 

After obtaining a search-warrant, the police also examined the man’s home.  They discovered several “items of interest”, a police spokesperson said.

 

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COUNCIL CLASH LEAVES ROADS FLOODED

 

 

A joint pledge by Woollahra and Waverley Councils to maintain trees hanging over Sid Einfeld Drive has broken down when neither council has claimed responsibility for their maintenance.

 

During recent rains in Sydney, the major arterial road has flooded due primarily to tree leaf litter clogging the drains.

 

Woollahra Council has claimed the trees were planted on Waverley Council land, while Waverley Council has claimed it’s not their problem.

 

Roads and Maritime Services has said work to fix the flooding will begin in April and finish in early June, but NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay has claimed it will finish next month.


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BONDI TO GO GREEN - AGAIN

 

 

Waverley Council is “recommitting Bondi to a sustainable future” by putting on its second Nature Pledge Day at a ceremony at the beach on Saturday April 2.

 

Waverley Mayor Sally Betts will launch the new campaign - intended to promote reduced water-use, increased recycling, and more sustainable transport - at the south end of the beach, near the skate park, at 9am. 

 

Council staff will be on hand from 9-4pm to explain the aims of the campaign, whose goal is to “Make Being Green Second Nature”, and includes such events as creating “the world’s largest mindfulness mural” (passers-by will be invited to join in).  

 

Those who “sign the pledge” will receive reusable “KeepCups”, temporary tattoos, and campaign badges.  Those unable to attend and sign up can instead pledge online at secondnature.org.au.


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JACKMAN TAKES A DIVE AT BONDI TO SAVE SON

 

 

Australian actor Hugh Jackman helped save his 15-year-old son Oscar and another swimmer after they were caught in a dangerous rip at Bondi Beach.

 

The Hollywood star was reportedly exhausted by his rescue effort, and the beach was closed for a short while following the incident due to the rip.

 

Jackman, who has a residence in Sydney, has just returned from overseas promoting his new film, Eddie the Eagle.

 

When in town, he is a regular visitor to Bondi (and to Bronte and Tamarama, too.)

 

 

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WOLF CREEK ACTOR PROWLS BONDI BEACH

 

 

The 64-year-old John Jarratt - star of popular Aussie horror film Wolf Creek - sent backpackers scrambling when he ran a mile along Bondi Beach.

 

The actor was set to start narrating a new series of Channel Ten’s Territory Cops, set in the Northern Territory, that same night.

 

A father of six, Jarratt has worked in Aussie film and television since the 1970s, and counts cult director Quentin Tarantino among his fans.

 

“I love narrating and I love the Northern Territory,” the actor said, referring to his upcoming role.

 

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POLICE CRACK DOWN ON BONDI SHOPLIFTERS

 

 

 

Police nabbed 21 shoplifters in the Bondi Junction area as a result of a covert operation to combat their biggest problem in the Eastern Suburbs - store theft.

 

Last August they published on their police Facebook page pictures of 18 people that they believed could assist them with their inquiries into shoplifting-related offences.

 

Since then, 18 were fined with theft, two with fraud, and one with a graffiti offence.

 

Goods stolen ranged from fruit and alcohol, to more expensive items like designer T-shirts and small electrical appliances.

 

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WOOLLAHRA RAILS AGAINST WAVERLEY WEDDING

 

The “shotgun marriage” between Woollahra and Waverley Councils has taken another twist with the reluctant bride firing off a nine-page letter of protest to the State Government.

The letter criticised Dr Rob Lang, from the NSW Office of Local Government, of breaching the Local Government Act when considering plans for the merger of Woollahra with Waverley and Randwick councils.

It accused him failing to take or answer questions at a public meeting held to debate the councils merger.

“You have failed to hold an inquiry as required by the Act,” the letter alleged.

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FRANK LOWY’S NORTH BONDI RELATIVE BUSTED

 

 

The adopted grand-nephew of shopping magnate Frank Lowy has pleaded guilty to charges of driving without a licence, hitting a pedestrian, and sending threatening text messages.

 

In Waverley Court last week Simon Lowy of North Bondi admitted hitting Isabelle Bliss last year as she was out walking with her husband. He was driving without a licence.

 

He also threatened a schoolmate over a $200 debt via text message, saying (according to court documents): “I want my shit back or I’ll give you shit back.”

 

Lowy, who handed himself in, is facing a $770 fine, psychiatric counselling, extended good behaviour bonds, and compulsory medical attention. He will be sentenced on March 31. (His great-uncle was not available for comment.)

 

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MAN CHARGED WITH CHLORINE ATTACK IN NORTH BONDI

 

 

A North Bondi man has been charged with splashing chlorine on his neighbour’s face across his backyard fence.

 

The 45-year-old neighbour had been playing on the trampoline with his daughter when the man allegedly splashed him in the face and eyes with the corrosive chemical.

 

Doctors say the man has suffered permanent damage to one eye. (The child was not harmed.)

 

The alleged attacker will face Waverley Local Court on March 30 charged with causing grievous bodily harm and malicious damage.

 

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MEMORIES OF WONDERLAND AT TAMARAMA

 

Residents of Harry Seidler’s iconic block of units in Illawong Street Tamarama are pushing to have the revamped building named after Wonderland, the fun-park that used to be situated below it, fronting Tamarama Beach (see picture below).

Over 80% of the existing residents recently voted to approve a $50 million upgrade of the decaying block, which they hope to recoup by selling vacant units in the new building, plus two new penthouses.

Wonderland was one of Sydney’s most popular beach attractions, and included an aquarium, roller-coaster, and circus with elephant rides.

To this day there is a Wonderland Avenue off Fletcher Street leading down to the former amusement park, which also featured air-balloon rides.

 

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BONDI SANDS HITS BIG TIME IN USA

Australian tanning product Bondi Sands has hit the big time internationally by being distributed in more than 1700 Target stores across America.

Manufactured in Melbourne by company founders Blair James and Shaun Wilson, the tanning formula already sells in more than 1400 outlets in the UK.

The founders claim their success is due to their improved dye recipe, which makes the resulting tan look more natural.

And what better name to choose to promote a tanning product overseas than Bondi Sands? They say it conveys the image they want to get over better than any other name.

 

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LATIN AMERICAN FESTIVAL'S BACK AT BONDI, CHA-CHA-CHA

Bondi’s much-missed Latin American Festival is returning to the Bondi Pavilion with live bands, food stalls, dancers, and everything Sydney’s vibrant Latino community has to offer.

 

The festival has been suspended for the past two years, but is being brought back to life this weekend at Bondi by popular demand.

 

Highlights of the festival include a showcase of Latino music and classes in a range of Latin dances, including zumba, salsa, Cuban, and The Tango.

 

Tickets are $15 for entry and $20 after 3pm. Further details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/LatinAmericanFestivalAustralia/.

 

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BIG SALE FOR BONDI’S PACIFIC

 

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Domain section reported that the Miskin family has paid $3.325 million for a beach pad in Bondi’s new Pacific development on Campbell Parade.

It’s not for them, however, but their kids, the SMH explained. Mum and Dad live up at Byron Bay most of the time.

In 2012 the Miskins sold a property on the corner of Warners and Wiaroa Avenues for $7.2 million (it’s a dress shop in the ground floor).

They are the former owners of the iconic Altona in Point Piper.

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BONDI BEACH - A GOOD PLACE TO LOOK FOR WORK?

The Daily Telegraph, which is currently running a campaign against “dole bludgers”, went to Bondi Beach this week to find some beach bludgers, but instead found young people either working or looking for work. (What they were doing at the beach around midday was not explained.)

A young man from Coogee (clearly the surf was better at Bondi) told the Tele that he had no time for “bludgers” who refuse to catch the bus to potential work. “If you’re not willing to catch the bus, you should pull your head in,” he said.

One recent arrival from Brazil said she had got a job in her first week in Australia. “And I couldn’t even speak English.”

On the other hand, Lana from Italy said she had been unsuccessfully pounding the pavement trying to find work, but said she wasn’t giving up, and rolled over.

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BONDI SNAPPER SNAPS UP PRIZE

Sydney newspaper photographer Rohan Kelly has taken out one of the world’s top photography prizes with a snap of Bondi.

Kelly, who works for the Daily Telegraph, has been awarded first prize in the “Nature” section of the prestigious World Press Foundation competition. His winning photo showed storm clouds gathering over Bondi Beach.

In fact it showed a southerly front about to hit the beach, and a chap in the foreground looking at his mobile phone, oblivious to the threat of the coming storm.

Kelly was in fact at the beach to cover the Bondi Short Film Festival, and admits he was lucky to be the right snapper at the right place at the right time. He is being flown to Holland to collect his award.

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BONDI RENTS SHOOT UP BY 22%

 

Rents being asked for in Bondi/Waverley have increased by more than 22% in the past year, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

The report, based on figures from Core Logic Data, show that the demand for rental property in the Eastern Suburbs rose sharply in 2015-16. (By contrast, rents in the Western Suburbs have increased by less than 2% in the same period.)

One reason for the increase in the Eastern Suburbs and Inner City has been people selling their homes and being reluctant to commit to new property, and are biding their time by renting, one estate agent explained.

Empty-nesters and young professionals are the main demographic group seeking rental space in the Eastern Suburbs, he added.

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LIFEVESTS FOR BONDI FISHERMEN?

 

The State Government is poised to make wearing lifejackets compulsory for fishing off the rocks at places like Ben Buckler and North Bondi.

According to The Australian, a “taskforce” has been set up to determine “high-risk” rock-fishing locations around Sydney and coastal NSW.

When such places have been “declared dangerous”, those fishing there will by law have to wear lifejackets and “appropriate” footwear.

Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said too many local rock-fishermen were losing their lives or being severely injured. “Of the 37 rock-fishermen who have died in the past four years, only one was wearing a life-jacket,” he said.

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BONDI’S UNDERWATER SHARK SPY

 

A sonar shark-detection buoy has been installed at Bondi Beach on a 30-day trial of an innovative shark-attack-prevention technology.

The buoy can detect and identify any underwater creature bigger than two metres and send a warning message via satellite to the lifeguard station at Bondi Beach. The lifeguards would then activate the beach’s shark alarm.

It is, reported the Daily Telegraph, the “holy grail” of warning swimmers of potentially dangerous predators.

Called “the Clever Buoy”, if it works, the trial may be extended and expanded to other beaches along the NSW coast.

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OPAL FARE HIKE WILL MAKE BONDI HARDER TO GET TO

 

Bondi beachgoers from the more remote parts of Sydney will be hard hit by a proposed increase to Opal Card fares in July, should the Baird government decide to adopt them.

 

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal has proposed an end to free travel after eight journeys and tougher rules for the Gold Opal Card.

 

Beachgoers who commute to Bondi will be disproportionately affected by the proposed fare increases, says the NRMA.

 

It has raised concerns that this and a proposal to raise the travel-fare-cap on weekends will force commuters to drive instead of using public transport, further clogging Sydney’s congested roads.

 

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BONDI’S NEWEST BILLIONAIRE

 Bondi multi-billionaire James Packer’s elder sister, Gretel – a frequent visitor to Bondi in her younger days – now has her own beach-pad at Palm Beach. She has also become Australia’s newest billionairess (according to the Daily Telegraph).

The paper reports that the finalisation of the winding up of her father Kerry’s estate has delivered twice-married Gretel the Packer family’s luxurious beach property on the Palm Beach beachfront and confirmed her $1-billion-plus share of the Packer inheritance.

Gretel, about to turn 50 (her brother James is a year younger), is known for her charitable work. She is also on several arts boards in Sydney.

It is not known if she has met her new sister-in-law Mariah Carey yet.

 

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WHY DON’T BONDI BOYS READ?

Waverley Council is setting up what it calls a Gen Y Book Club, intended to attract young adults between 18 and 30 to the municipal library at Bondi Junction.

Although this cultural initiative has produced an encouraging local response, this week’s first meeting of the club at the library will be a women-only affair. No young adult males have accepted the library’s invitation to come along.

The club’s meetings involve participants sitting down with a glass of wine to discuss books targeted at younger readers. “This means no classics or books over 400 pages,” explained Waverley Library events and engagement manager Simon Welsh.

He expressed optimism that the gender imbalance would be corrected at future Book Club get-togethers. Nevertheless, the club’s first meeting on February 17 is booked out.

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BONDI RESCUE BOYS FALL OUT

According to the Daily Telegraph, the Bondi Rescue boys are embroiled in a scandal of big-wave proportions.

The report claimed that the lifeguard-actors object to the alleged “dictatorial” actions of the show’s main star, Bruce “Hoppo” Hopkins. Emails have been allegedly exchanged over this.

Questions have also been raised about Hoppo’s overseas trips and his behaviour on the beach (including allegedly taking his wife on a jet-ski “to retrieve a dead body” in the surf).

Also in contention are alleged “gifts” from the top-rating show’s various sponsors. The Telegraph report said that the council was looking into these matters.

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BEACH BABY-SNATCHER ENDS UP IN COURT

A man appeared in Waverley Court charged with trying to snatch a baby off Bronte Beach.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the 38-year-old man accosted a mother who was lying on a towel on the sand and attempted to grab her seven-week-old baby.

As she fought him off, lifeguards came to her rescue, restraining the man, who was arrested after police arrived.

He appeared in Waverley Court charged with attempted abduction and assault. He was remanded in custody.

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BONDI TO GET A POKE PLACE, OK?

Sydney celebrity chef Warren Turnbull is looking for a place in Bondi to start up a new poke restaurant/take-away. (Poke was originally a Hawaiian raw-fish dish-in-a-bowl that’s currently all the rage in America.)

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Turnbull (no kin) is planning a Hawaiian Poke outlet in Hall Street, after rejecting a beachfront Campbell Parade venue. “I still want to do it in Bondi,” he said, “but it’ll be more round Hall Street.”

A poke – pronounced poke-kay – is a Japanese-inspired dish combining (usually) cubed raw tuna with an assortment of extras, including (for example) chopped onions, shallots, ground macadamian or other nuts, soy sauce, sesame oil and/or seeds, chillies, and various other condiments to taste (as well as sushi rice)

Turnbull, according to the Telegraph, “kick-started Sydney’s burger craze” with his various Chur Burger outlets.

 

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BONDI TO GET A POKE PLACE, OK?

Sydney celebrity chef Warren Turnbull is looking for a place in Bondi to start up a new poke restaurant/take-away. (Poke was originally a Hawaiian raw-fish dish-in-a-bowl that’s currently all the rage in America.)

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Turnbull (no kin) is planning a Hawaiian Poke outlet in Hall Street, after rejecting a beachfront Campbell Parade venue. “I still want to do it in Bondi,” he said, “but it’ll be more round Hall Street.”

A poke – pronounced poke-kay – is a Japanese-inspired dish combining (usually) cubed raw tuna with an assortment of extras, including (for example) chopped onions, shallots, ground macadamian or other nuts, soy sauce, sesame oil and/or seeds, chillies, and various other condiments to taste (as well as sushi rice)

Turnbull, according to the Telegraph, “kick-started Sydney’s burger craze” with his various Chur Burger outlets.

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BONDI “A MESS” SAYS UPPITY WOOLLAHRA MAYOR

A calculated insult has been inflicted on Beauteous Bondi by Toni Zeltzer, the snobbish Mayor of snooty Woollahra Council.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Woollahra Council doesn’t want to merge with its neighbouring Waverley Council “because Bondi and its environs are an homogenized mess”.

“Waverley has high rise and little precinct character”, Cr Double-Z said in a submission to the State Government on proposed council mergers in Sydney.  

Instead, she wants Woollahra to merge with the City of Sydney Council . “It would be a better match for us,” she said. “Like Sydney Council, we are a Harbour council, not a costal one.”

(The Bondi Daily believes that anyone with two “z” in their name shouldn’t talk about messes).

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POMS A THREAT TO BONDI’S OYSTERS

An outbreak of Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) in Tasmanian oyster stocks has raised concerns for oyster supplies on the mainland, potentially restricting those available for Bondi’s seafood restaurants.

 Interstate bans placed on seed stock from the afflicted regions will affect local oyster farmers, who are relying heavily upon imported stock in the wake of floods in August last year, which washed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of immature pacific oysters out to sea.

 While Tasmanian farmers will suffer most, POMS will inevitably shrink supplies of Pacific Oysters to Sydney restaurants, including Bondi.

Fortunately, the smaller – and some say tastier - local Sydney rock oysters remain unharmed by POMS, which poses no threat to humans (apart to their enjoyment of Pacific Oysters).

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ANNIVERSARY OF BONDI’S WORST DAY

 

This weekend – February 6/7 - is the anniversary of the worst day ever at Bondi Beach. Exactly 78 years ago a giant wave hit the beach and demolished a sand-bank on which hundreds of surfers were standing in waist-deep water.

Five people drowned and over 200 were pulled from the water, many of them needing urgent resuscitation. But for the quick work of the surf-lifesavers, beach inspectors and experienced volunteers, the death toll would have been higher.

A particularly large crowd was at the beach that day, taking advantage of the warm weather and what seemed perfect beach-conditions. (Also the Empire Games were scheduled to start, and there were many visitors in Sydney and at Bondi for the events.)

It was the largest mass-rescue in Australian beach-history, and also the most tragic.

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IS BONDI’S MP-PM “BIG, FAT & GREEDY”?

 

Reportedly, local MP and PM Malcolm Turnbull has criticised a recently-painted portrait of himself as making him look like “a big, fat, greedy, c---“ (a scurrilous arts publication, The Daily Review, reports).

However, the supposed quote came from former gallery-owner Evan Hughes who has announced he will be running as the Labor candidate against the subject of the portrait, Malcolm Turnbull, in the seat of Wentworth.

He alleged that Malcolm commissioned the portrait from gallery artist Lewis Miller, but didn’t like what he saw when the picture was unveiled.

Evan says he will be campaigning on a platform of gay marriage, zero carbon emissions, and more money for the arts.

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BONDI BILLIONAIRE YET TO BECOME A STEP-DAD

Moroccan and Monroe - the two children of James Packer’s intended, American singer Mariah Carey - are yet to learn who their step-dad-to-be is going to be, according to the Daily Telegraph.

“I haven’t talked to them about it completely because they are so young,” Mariah told an American showbiz channel.

“You have to go slowly and always make sure they know that this is only going to be good for them,” she added.

M&M will no doubt be delighted to learn that their new pop has a beach-pad on Campbell Parade, and only a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from the world’s greatest beach.

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BONDI BIKERS GEAR UP FOR ID CHECKS

 

Police may soon be stopping cyclists riding along Bondi’s scenic seaside routes and asking for identification under upcoming changes to current cycling laws.

 

From March, cyclists will for the first time face fines for infractions such as riding without a helmet, running red lights, or simply riding without adequate identification.

 

A group of more than a hundred cyclists rode through the CBD to protest this change, arguing that more needs to be done to protect them from motorists, rather than heaping new regulations on suffering riders.

While police will be checking cyclists’ IDs from March, penalties will not be applied for the first 12 months to allow people to adjust to the law.

 

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BONDI MULTICULTURAL BRAWL

 

ondi police have arrested an Italian over an altercation in Campbell Parade during the weekend, reported the Daily Telegraph.

He was involved in what police described as “a brawl” involving a Brazilian national after a late-night party on the beachfront. The Italian suffered cuts to his face, and was treated in hospital.

Later the Italian, armed with two knives, allegedly went to an address in Old South Head Road and demanded to see the Brazilian.

Police were called and the Italian arrested. The Brazilian was also questioned over the earlier incident in Campbell Parade, but later released.

 

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BONDI WANTS GAY MARRIAGE – SAYS REPORT

According to an opinion poll conducted recently in the Bondi area (it being part of the PM’s Wentworth constituency) an “overwhelming” number of locals support gay marriage.

The Sun-Herald reported that a gay marriage lobby group asked 665 people in Wentworth if they supported gay marriage, and 72.8% supported the idea (how many in Bondi agreed with this was, however, not recorded).

“We know from a decade of polling that Australians want this reform,” said a lobby-group spokesperson.

“We urge Malcolm Turnbull to allow a free vote [of Federal parliamentarians] and get this done so Australia can move on.”

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BONDI PARKING INCOME SET TO TOP RATE REVENUE

Waverley Council is on track to raise more revenue from parking and parking fines than its rate revenue.

The latest council figures available (2010-11) indicate that the council raised $27.5 million through rates (30% of its income); $10.9 million from parking fines (12%); and $13.3 million from parking fees (13.3%).

The council expects its parking income to surpass its rates revenue in the next few years (particularly from Bondi, now that the council charges for hourly parking around the Pavilion and its adjacent areas).

“The council is using its streets as a milch-cow,” a long-time Bondi resident complained to The Bondi Daily. “Next time you get a parking ticket, be happy in the knowledge that you are fattening their bloated expenditure.”

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LIFE’S A BEACH AT BONDI

A new photograph exhibition paying tribute to our beach culture will open at the Bondi Pavilion on Saturday, January 31 (and run til March 27).

Called “Life’s a Beach”, it features the photographic work of renowned British snapper Martin Parr.

Though a Pom, Martin worships the sun and the surf, and his photographs “capture beachgoers on far-flung shores”.

The exhibition in the Bondi Pavilion Gallery is sponsored by Waverley Council and the Australian Centre for Photography.

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BONDI SURFER DIES IN SKI ACCIDENT

Bondi real estate agent and keen surfer Dave Hannagan has been killed by an avalanche while skiing in Wyoming, USA.

He died alongside his American travelling companion Cathy Grimes on a hazardous, out-of-bounds ski slope at the State’s Jackson Hole Mountain ski resort.

The two skiers were buried under three metres of snow, and could not be revived when rescued.

The Daily Telegraph reported that Mr Hannagan’s motto had been: “Do what you love, and love what you do – but be good at it.”

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A MOVEABLE FEAST COMES TO BONDI

With pop-up shops and other impromptu outlets all the rage in Sydney, Bondi is to host perhaps its first pop-up dinner.

On Saturday, March 12, “event director” Antoine Bessis will stage an al-fresco dinner at Bondi Beach to which invitees will be bidden to come clad in “Riviera” attire (defined by organisers as “pastel beach chic”).

The dinner, costing $220-a-head, will be prepared by celebrity chef Lauren Murdoch, formerly of Merivale.

The March event follows an earlier successful Moveable Feast with a Wimbledon theme, the dinners coming in all-white. According to the SMH, other similar events are planned for later in the year.

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BONDI READY FOR OZ DAY

With the weather improving, Bondi is gearing up for its usual Australia Day revelry. (January 26 is traditionally a big beach day at Bondi.)

Cloudy, with brief sunny spells, a 1.3-metre surf, and a forecast max of 27 degrees should attract a big beach crowd.

The boys (well, some of them are) from Bondi Rescue featured in a weekend photo-shoot in front of their Lifeguard observation station, one holding the Aussie flag and saying: “There’ll be no rest for the boys in blue.”

Chief lifeguard “Hoppo” advised beachgoers to come armed with a hat, a long-sleeved shirt, and sunscreen (and to swim between the flags).

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BONDI HOARDERS AT IT AGAIN?

According to the Daily Telegraph, Bondi’s “hoarding family” has returned to their bad habits, being spotted with a shopping-trolley full of rubbish on their way to their house in Boonara Avenue, notorious for the accumulated piles of garbage and other rubbish they stored there.

Last July the council obtained a court order authorising them to clean up the property, about which neighbours had been complaining for a number of years.

This led to 10 tonnes of rubbish being forcibly removed from the house (which the hoarding family owns).

The council charged the family $180,000 for the clean-up, which they paid up to prevent the house being sold by the NSW Sheriff to cover the council’s costs.   But once a hoarder, ever a hoarder, apparently.

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BONDI SUPER-CELEBRITY ENGAGEMENT

James Packer, the famous Bondi resident, has announced his engagement to American singer and TV celebrity Mariah Carey.

For Packer, 48, it will be his third marriage, and for Mariah also her third. No wedding date or place has been fixed yet.

Mariah is wearing a 35-carat diamond engagement ring, costing an estimate $5 million.

Where the couple will live is also yet-to-be determined, but Bondi residents hope they will spend at least some of their married life at James’s luxury pad in Campbell Parade.

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A TASTE OF BONDI ON AUSTRALIA DAY

We’ve had Bondi Rescue, Bondi Vet, Bondi-you-name-it, and now Bondi has its own ice-cream (well, frozen-dessert).

It’s called “2026” (Bondi’s postcode) and it’s been dreamt up by Messina, the popular gelato bar in Hall Street, in conjunction with the new Q1 boutique hotel on the beachfront.

This Australia Day a Kombi-van dispensing 2026 will be down at the beach, publicising the new flavour.

Messina describes its 2026 concoction as made up of “roasted coconut and yoghurt sorbet with Messina trail mix, quinoa & chia seed choc block”. Yummy.

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BONDI’S BEST BURGER

According to the Daily Telegraph, burgermainia is sweeping Sydney (and thus, presumably, Bondi).

An American-based pop-up operation called In-N-Out burgers is popping up in various parts of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, publicising their burgers, which they claim are the best in the world.

At 6am recently a queue many hundreds long formed outside an In-N-Out burger outlet in Surry Hills, and was sold out of burgers in a matter of hours.

Once, Bondi was famous for its hamburgers, and in fact claimed the oldest -- the first – hamburger shop in Australia, on the beachfront between Curlewis and Roscoe Streets. Old-time Bondi residents salivate at the very thought of its legendary, juice-dripping burgers.

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GROG PATROL NEEDED?

 

Waverley Council is being urged to adopt stricter enforcement measures to police the alcohol-free zones in and around its beaches.

Although the Sydney Morning Herald recently reported that alcohol consumption in Australia is steadily decreasing, it is rising in certain subsets of the population, such as the young and indigenous drinkers – and especially backpackers from overseas.

Signs are displayed on the council’s three main beaches – Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte – prohibiting the consumption of alcohol, and the council has a team of rangers charged with enforcing the ban.

A long-time Bondi local told The Bondi Daily: “But they have as much chance of stopping drinking on Bondi as Aub Laidlaw had of keeping bikinis off the beach in the 1950s.”

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BONDI, BEGORRAH

 

According to the latest available census figures, one in every 10 people living in Bondi-Waverley is Irish.

Apart from the Poms (two in very 10), next on the list are the Scots, with one in every 20 Bondi residents calling Scotland home.

(Bondi-Waverley is the most Jewish area in Sydney, with one in every 30 residents of that faith.)

It is of interest to note that as summer wears on, locals note that hurling is one of Bondi Beach’s most popular beach sports.

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NOT A LOT OF ICE AT BONDI

 

The latest NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research figures indicate that Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs – which includes Bondi – has one of the lowest “ice” bust-rates in the State.

The Bureau did not specifically mention Bondi, but the Eastern Suburbs did not rank in the top-20 “most busted” Local Area Commands.

The highest rate was for the CBD/Inner South LAC, with 1374 “detections” in 2015.

By contrast, the North Sydney/Hornsby LAC had only 123 busts, and Northern Beaches only 100. (Must be something in the sea air.)

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BEACH SLUR ON BONDI

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a Sydney surf life-saving official has said that Coogee Beach has better surfing conditions than Bondi.

Matthew Evans, described by the SMH as a “Sydney Surf Life Saving duty officer” was quoted telling people to swim between the flags, but then added: “Coogee Beach has better conditions than Bondi and Maroubra.”

How anyone connected with surfing in Sydney could rate Coogee above Bondi – in any respect - is beyond the belief of any Bondi beachgoer.

The Bondi Daily thinks he must have been misquoted (or else grew up in Coogee).

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BONDI’S POPULARITY SPURTS AHEAD

According to the latest Waverley Council figures, the population of the Bondi/Waverley area is now over 70,000, and rising fast.

Ten years ago the number of residents in the municipality was put at 63,435. It’s now 71,769 – a rise of 13%.

The council predicts that in five years time it will be over 82,000 – almost 15% more.

Bondi/Waverley will soon be one of Sydney’s more densely-populated areas. Currently it has just over 77 people per hectare (the average density of the whole of Sydney is around 66 people per hectare.)

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BONDI TATOO PARLOUR’S REAL-LIFE DRAMA

Bondi Ink, the tattoo parlour in Campbell Parade – and the scene for a “reality” TV series of the same name – had its own drama when one of its ex-employees appeared in Waverley Court defending an apprehended violence order (AVO) application against him.

According to the Daily Telegraph’s Confidential pages, the ex-employee stormed into the parlour on December 23 shouting and cursing the manager after he had been dismissed over an alleged licensing breach.

The manager told the police who were called that the ex-employee (who had appeared in the TV series) had threatened her and made her feel afraid to leave the premises. (Hence the AVO application.)

The ex-employee’s solicitor declined to comment, and the matter will return to court next month.

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BIG BONDI BOY BARRED FROM BET SHOP

Bondi’s most famous resident, James Packer, got unwelcome headlines when he was barred from going into his own casino in Victoria due to a misunderstanding by a security guard.

Apparently he was entering his Crown Casino in Melbourne when a security person (of “islander” extraction, according to newspaper reports) stopped him, and “an altercation” ensued. (The matter is now in the hands of lawyers.)

James lives – on-and-off – in his luxury pad in Campbell Parade, though he has been spending a lot of his time in Israel lately (when he is not on the arm of American pop-star Mariah Cary).

James is not unknown for altercations outside his premises, for he and his long-time friend David Gyngell had a well-publicised (and photographed) scuffle in Sir Thomas Mitchell Road outside his Bondi front-door some time ago.

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BONDI’S BEST FISH ‘N CHIPPERY

According to the Summer Supplement in the Sydney Morning Herald, Bondi has one of the six best “fish & chip shops” in Sydney.

It was the 6th listed and it’s in Hall Street, which is fast becoming Bondi’s Rodeo Drive (the Fish Market’s Fish Market Cafe was listed as number one).

It’s called Fishmongers and it’s more than a cafe than a traditional fish ‘n chips shop. (In fact, it’s not a retail outlet at all, unless you count take-away as retail.)

“Fishmongers has built a reputation for having delectable gourmet fish and chips,” said the SMH. “With a slight deviation from the classic fish & chips you can opt for rice, salad or tempura vegetables.”

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BONDI SCHOOL ACCUSED OF RORTING TEACHERS

An education union has accused a Bondi private school of underpaying its teachers, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Reddam House, which has two campuses in Bondi (one in Mitchell Street and the other in Edgecliff Road) advertises itself as “an independent, co-educational, non-denominational, day school”. It has 20 other campuses in St Leonards, South Africa and the UK.

The union has taken the school to the Fairwork Commission alleging it underpaid its early-learning staff. The school told the Commission the teachers were employed by a separate company.

The Commission ordered the school to produce employment records, and the dispute will return to court in February.

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ANOTHER WET DAY AT BONDI

Bondi has been drenched with more rain in the past four days than it usually gets in a month, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Falls of up to 100mm have been recorded in the Eastern Suburbs since the downpour started on Sunday.

More rain is forecast, with a “blocking” low in the Tasman continuing to blow stormy southerlies on to the NSW coast.

"For the suburbs in Sydney, it's the heaviest rain they've had since April last year. That’s pretty unusual for January," a senior meteorologist told the SMH.

The rain is expected to ease later today, with only drizzle tomorrow. But temperatures will stay in the mid-20s until next week.

cockatoos
Birds of a feather flock together in wet weather.  
An Australian in London, taking a nostalgic
look at Bondi Beach
 via our webcam,
took this shot
of the local
cockies in the rain

 

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COUNCIL SEEKS BONDI FEEDBACK

Waverley Council is seeking feedback on its plans for giving “the old lady of Bondi” – the Bondi Pavilion –a facelift and make-over (along with the Bondi Surf Club next door).

It has put up a website to disseminate information about its renovation plans (go to http://haveyoursaywaverley.com.au/bondipavilion ) and click on the FEEDBACK FORM link.

The Council awarded a concept design tender to architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer in June 2015 “to revitalise Bondi Pavilion as a place for visitors and community members to enjoy, connect and relax”.

Estimated to cost around $38 million, the redevelopment/facelift is intended to “protect and celebrate Bondi Pavilion’s heritage whilst creating contemporary and flexible cultural, community and commercial facilities and spaces”.

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BONDI FLICK FEST STARTS FRIDAY

One of the highlights of the Bondi year – the annual Flickerfest short-film show at the Bondi Pavilion - premiers on Friday January 8 with a Grand Opening Night, marking the 25th anniversary of the popular outdoor film festival.

Following the evening’s screening of a program of short films, the anniversary will be celebrated with an after-show party on the balcony of the pavilion.

All programs in the specially-constructed outdoor ampitheatre are about 100 minutes running time, with curtain-up at 8.45pm. (In case of rain the session will move indoors.)

The final curtain will come down on the Festival on Sunday January 17 when the Festival winners in the competitive part of Flickerfest will be announced.

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NEW HOME FOR BONDI SURF CLUB

Waverley Council has received a development application from Bondi Surf Club for a new clubhouse to be built in conjunction with the planned redevelopment of the Bondi Pavilion.

The new clubhouse (see below), will cost an estimated $7 million, and would be financed jointly by the council and the surf club. It follows the recent redevelopment of the North Bondi Surf Club further down the beach.

Bondi Surf Bathers’ Club, founded in 1907, may be Australia’s oldest surf club. (However, Bronte Surf Club disputes this, claiming it was founded four years early in 1904.)

Bondi Surf Club is one of three surf clubs at Bondi, the other two being North Bondi Surf Club and the little-known Rose Bay Surf Club in Campbell Parade, opposite the North Bondi Surf Club. (It is the Bondi annex of Royal Sydney Golf Club.)

 

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BIG CROWD AT BONDI

New Year’s Day saw one of the biggest crowds on Bondi Beach in recent years, a long-time resident of Bondi told The Bondi Daily. “They’re must have been over 20,000 there,” the old-timer said.

Given good beach weather, New Year’s Day is traditionally Bondi’s busiest day. Not only was the beach crowded, but the streets behind the beach were thronged with beachgoers, backpackers, and tourists. (Finding a place to park was a herculean task.)

“But,” said the old-timer, “that crowd was modest compared with what it would have been in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, when the trams were running.

“Then, on a good day at Bondi you could have got between 50,000 and 80,000. But, of course, that was before everyone had a car, and there wasn’t much else you could do on a Sunday.”

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BONDI GREETS THE NEW YEAR

One of Sydney’s traditional New Year events – watching the sun rise over the horizon at Bondi Beach, heralding the dawn of the first day of 2016 – was marked by hundreds of pre-dawn beachgoers in customary fashion on Bondi’s iconic sands on Friday, January 1.

Not a few still little hung-over from the night’s revels, they all stood and watched (and snapped Iphone images ) as the orange disc of the new sun edged its way up into a clear, cool, blue sky.

For many, this was the moment to also take their first “dip” of the new year, and there were audible squeals as younger female revellers were encouraged to try the water.

Bondi’s iconic lifeguards were on hand, however, to see that they did not get out of their depth, as most of the early beachgoers began to make their way towards their cars and public transport in preparation for further new-year jollifications later in the day.

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BOAT & BOARD AT BONDI BEACH

After coming to Australia on a perilous, leaky boat, the last thing you would think a refugee would want is to get in the water again.

However, a refugee advocacy group called Settlement Services International is helping refugees who came by boat to learn to surf at Bondi.

Aided by local surfboard shop Let’s Go Surfing in Ramsgate Avenue, Sydney case manager Sandra Oehman is arranging surfboard lessons for some of her clients every second Thursday at Bondi.

“By learning to catch waves they get back a feeling of confidence in the water,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald. “Just going in makes them feel better straight away.”

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FLASH MOBSTERS HIT BONDI BEACH

Xmas-New Year beachgoers at Bondi were treated to an unusual “flash dance” performance when two drag queens led a bevy of dancers undressed up as surfers and sunbathers in a spoof of the Minogue sisters’ (Kylie and Dannii) hit 100 Degrees Christmas.

Bondi Beach is increasingly becoming the venue for such “shoots”, so much so that it is in serious danger of turning into the Sydney equivalent of a Hollywood film-lot.

Already they film regular episodes of Bondi Rescue on the beach, and even Bondi Vet occasionally pays a visit to the beach.

According to the Daily Telegraph, one of North Bondi’s iconic lifeguards said he had seen a tweet from Kylie and Dannii saying they saw the clip online “and loved it”.

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NEW BOUTIQUE HOTEL OPENS AT BONDI

Xmas-New Year saw the opening of a new boutique hotel at Bondi Beach. Called QT Bondi, it is being marketed as “the ultimate in chic beachside glamour”.

The newest hotel in the QT chain (they have turned the old Gowings building in town into a city boutique hotel), it replaces the former Swiss Grand hotel in Campbell Parade, which has been redeveloped into a $440-million shopping and apartment complex.

QT Bondi features luxury-standard guest suites finished to a high degree of design and décor.

The hotel does not have its own catering facilities but relies on what management describes as “Bondi’s teaming café culture and burgeoning restaurant scene”.  (A stay at QT Bondi costs a modest $280 a day.)

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SHARK TRIES TO CATCH WAVE AT BONDI

A dramatic incident happened at Bondi when about 7am a shark jumped out of the water at the south end of the beach and landed on a surfer’s board.

It was provisionally identified as a juvenile bronze whaler just over four feet long (though it came and went so quickly that positive identification was difficult).

The surfer, local estate agent Dean Norburn, was uninjured. “First I thought it was a seal,” he said. “Then I looked down and saw it was a shark.”

He made for the shore post-haste. The shark alarm was sounded, but the flighty shark disappeared as suddenly it had emerged from the briny.  

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XMAS ON THE BEACH

 

The popular TV show Bondi Rescue – which is shown around the world - will film a Xmas Day special this year to capture the spirit of Christmas on Bondi Beach.

The Daily Telegraph ran a photo of the Bondi Rescue team in Chrissy garb – Santa hats on their heads – frolicking in the waves on the beach, promo-ing the new season of Bondi Rescue.

Xmas Day is Bondi’s most popular day, when thousands descend on the beach to celebrate the highlight of the festive season.

It is especially popular with backpackers and tourists, many from the UK, whose Northen-Hemisphere skins give the chemists round Campbell Parade their best day of the year, too (selling sun-screen and calamine lotion).

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WAVERLEY COUNCIL TO BE ABOLISHED

 

The State Government has announced proposed sweeping changes in local government boundaries across Sydney – and Waverley Council is on its hit-list.

It will be merged, if the plan goes ahead, with its neighbouring councils, Woollahra and Randwick, to form a new “super” Eastern Suburbs council-entity stretching from Sydney Harbour in the north to Botany Bay in the south.

It has no name yet, and there is no information where its ultimate council administration HQ will be situated.

The change, even if it gets through the many hoops it has yet to negotiate, will take a number of years to implement. The Bondi Daily is safe, however, and will continue to report on developments in our area, local-government-wise.

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BONDI’S PRICY NEIGHBOURS

The Daily Telegraph reports that two of Bondi’s neighbouring suburbs – Tamarama and Dover Heights - are among the most expensive places to rent in Sydney.


In fact, Tamarama is the priciest place to find rental property in the whole of Sydney – with a median rent of $2424 a week.

Dover Heights tied with Bellevue Hill and Clontarf on the rent ranking, with weekly rents between $1670 and $1800.

However, according to local agents, Bondi is coming up fast on the rails, and is expected to be in the top ten this time next year.

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BEACH SCARRED BY FREAK STORM

The freak storm – some called it a tornado – that struck the coast of Sydney left a stain of debris scattered across Bondi Beach.

Ancient watercourses that used to run down from Bellevue Hill through the lagoons behind the beach were revived by the storm-water generated by the storm, and flooded on to the beach where storm-water outfalls used to be (before they were redirected to exits further around the rocks.

The storm caused considerable damage along the coastline, and Kurnell especially suffered, with many houses being damaged and unroofed.

The roof of part of Westfield’s shopping centre at Bondi Junction fell in during the storm, but no one was seriously injured.

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WARNING! – STORM COMING BONDI WAY

The NRMA issued a “Red” storm warning for Bondi on December 16, as clouds gathered in the south-west.

A severe thunderstorm is moving towards Bondi and Waverley.

It is expected to produce damaging wind gusts and heavy rainfall conducive to flash flooding.

Surfers are warned to leave the water and beach area to avoid expected lightning strikes.

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GLAMOUR COUPLE CAVORT AT BONDI

The Daily Telegraph’s Confidential pages reported that former Miss Universe Australia Erin McNaught and her rapper husband Elliott were snapped enjoying a family holiday at Bondi Beach with their baby son Evander.

They are out from London visiting Erin’s family in Queensland and catching up with her sister in Sydney.

“We’ll make an Aussie out of him yet,” the Telegraph quoted Erin as the threesome played in the sand at North Bondi.

The couple were married two years ago in Ballina and try to come out to Australia at least once a year.

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TAKE ME TO ALEXANDRIA, BONDI

Bondi is, most of its residents will be surprised to learn, in Alexandria.

That is the subdivision of Greater Sydney that covers the local government areas of Waverley and Woollahra. On legal documents, Bondi is officially in the Parish of Alexandria in the County of Cumberland.

Sydney is broken up, for land-titles purposes, into 57 parishes (that’s what you will find on your title deeds), and Bondi’s parish was given the name “Alexandria”.

Bondi’s Alexandria parish is named after the Battle of Alexandria, a little-known battle (also called the Battle of Canole) in Egypt between the British and the French Revolutionary army in 1801 (the British won – hence the name of Bondi’s parish).

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SINGING IN THE RAIN

Organisers of the annual Carols by the Beach reported that the traditional Xmas carolling was not dampened by the southerly that struck Bondi in the early evening, bringing showers with it.

Strains of Silent Night and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer mixed with more popular pop-hits as the appreciative audience sheltered where they could from the raindrops that kept falling on their heads.

Highlights of the occasion included performances by Kale & the Krissi Smoothies, the Primary School Rock Stars, the Bondi Dance Company, and the Bondi Beach Public School Choir.

Mayor Sally Betts told the Wentworth Courier: “Carols by the Sea is such a feel-good way to start the festive season.”

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BUY A TICKET FOR BONDI

The Federal Government is considering introducing a national lottery to help fund the preservation of some of Australia’s national icons – such as Bondi Beach.

The lottery idea is part of a new Australian Heritage Strategy outlined by the Environment Minister, Greg Hunt.

Other iconic heritage items that might receive project funding include Uluru, the Sydney Opera House, and Port Arthur in Tasmania.

The idea is similar to the Opera House Lottery -- which helped build its sails on Sydney Harbour -- which was scrapped some years ago (though Britain’s Heritage Lottery Fund will probably be the model for the new lottery).

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FISHERMEN RESCUED AT THE GAP

Water Police had to rescue five fishermen at the Gap after their boat was swamped in a heavy swell, and they had to cling to the rocks until help came.

The Gap is a notoriously perilous place, and was the site of one of the worst maritime disasters in Australian hist, when in 1857 the sailing ship Dunbar mistook it for the entrance to Sydney Harbour and was wrecked with the loss of 121 lives (there was only one survivor).

(The Gap is not, of course, at Bondi, but it is in The Bondi Daily’s catchment area.)

The five fishermen were taken to St Vincent’s Hospital for treatment for minor cuts and abrasions.

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BONDI’S OLDEST SHOP CLOSES

Probably the oldest shop in Bondi has closed (or at least appears to be closed).

It was the Phoenix Dry Cleaners in Gould Street, and no one can remember when it opened – but it was certainly in business in the late 1940s, and probably before.

A long-time resident who grew up in nearby Oakley Road drove past it this week, and it was empty and boarded up. It made no concessions to modernity, and had the same equipment it had over half a century ago.

I f any one knows more about this, The Bondi Daily would like to hear from you. (You can tweet us below or email us at news@thebonbidaily.com.au , Tweet us at #thebondidaily or drop us a line at The Bondi Daily PO box 1852 Strawberry Hills 2012.)

Let’s hope this Phoenix rises again.

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BONDI BEEFCAKE BOYS AID CHARITY

 Seven members of the Bondi Rescue TV team have lent their bronzed torsos for a Pirelli-style calendar to help raise funds for charity and the rescue-helicopter service.

According to The Wentworth Courier they took part in a photo-session arranged by underwear brand Mojo Downunder entrprenuer Adam Rakowski, who resides in Rose Bay.

Rakowski had 10,000 copies of the calendar printed and will donate all proceeds to the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

(The calendar is available from www.mojodownunder.com for $24.95)

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NEW BOOK ON BONDI’S WORST CRIME

Possibly the worst crime ever committed in Bondi – the kidnap and murder of local schoolboy Graeme Thorne – is the subject of a new book, just published.

Written by former Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi, it tells the story of how Stephen Bradley snatched the 8-year-old from outside his home in Edward Street, Bondi, in 1960. Bradley demanded £25,000 ransom from Thorne’s parents, who had recently won £100,000 in the State lottery, or he would “feed the boy to the sharks”.

The ransom was not paid, and Thorne’s body was later found in Seaforth. Bradley was convicted of the boy’s murder, and died in prison.

Tedeschi (who was the same age as Thorne, and kept a photo of the boy in his room) has been haunted by the case, as he tells in his book – Kidnapped, The Crime That Shocked the Nation.

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DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE WATER

With sharks much in the news this summer, a recent conference in Sydney to discuss the shark threat to NSW beaches heard from the State’s chief shark-spotter that “eyes on the water” are the best safeguard against shark-attack.

“For 30 years we’ve said that trained officials from elevated positions who are constantly watching the water is the best way to spot and then act on shark activity,” said Ken Holloway of the Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association.

Bondi lifeguard Bruce ‘Hoppo’ Hopkins told the Wentworth Courier that the lifeguards in the central and North Bondi lifeguard towers were constantly monitoring the water. They also had “eyes” at the Bondi Baths on the lookout for the dreaded black fin in the water.

(There are also moves afoot to have regular drone-patrols at Bondi to spot sharks from the air. Waverley Council is looking into the feasibility of such patrols.)

So far this summer there have been only a few occasions when the shark-alarm has had to be sounded at Bondi.

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PLEASE SWIM BETWEEN THE FAGS

Pressure is mounting on Waverley Council to establish a designated smoking-permitted area on Bondi Beach, according to local reports. This would encourage nicotine-addicted beach-goers to confine their anti-social habits to one section of the sand, rather than pollute the entire beach.

(Smoking on Bondi Beach has officially been banned since 2004, but it is not enforced. The Wentworth Courier reported recently, however, that “Sand Ambassadors” would soon be patrolling the beach to encourage smoking surfers and sunbathers to observe the ban and snuff out their fags.)

“I can remember when there was a crying room at the cinema in Bondi Road, where intrusive babies could be taken so as not to annoy other cinema-goers,” said one long-time Bondi resident. “The same principle should apply to smokers.”

According to the Wentworth Courier, the council’s ban on smoking at Bondi is generally ignored, and calls for fines to be imposed dismissed as impractical, and likely to incite anger and provoke violence.

“The best place for a smoking area would be up the south end, where it’s dangerous to swim anyway if the rip is running,” the long-time resident said. “So this would kill two birds with the one stone, if you will excuse the expression. There could be special flags erected showing where it is safe smoke.”

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CALL THAT A HAND-STAND?

 

The Bondi Daily recently ran a story about the Tree Man of Avalon – an anonymous gentleman who likes climbing Norfolk Island Pines along the Northern Beaches and doing a hand-stand on top of them.

We invited him to come down to Bondi and try standing atop one of Bondi Beach’s iconic Norfolk Island Pines.

A reader has now sent in a photo of a man doing a hand-stand on one of Bondi Beach’s surf-flags, to show what Avalon can do, Bondi can do better.

Or rather, could do, as a picture taken in 1940 by famous Bondi photographer George Caddy shows.

The man on top of the pole was Max Stewart, a fitness-freak who performed some amazing feats of strength and balancing in the late 1930s and 1940s (before the beach was closed because of Japanese submarines offshore).

He once did a hand-stand on the edge of Niagara Falls. (In 2008 the State Library had an exhibition of Caddy’s photos, including the one above.)

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TREE-MAN COMING TO BONDI?

As the Daily Telegraph reported recently, there has been a serious outbreak of tree-standing on Sydney’s Northern Beaches …and the question everyone is asking is: “When will the tree-man come to Bondi?”

The tree-man (who has yet to reveal his identity) was spotted – and photographed – atop a Norfolk Pine at Avalon Beach a week ago performing a handstand on the topmost branch (while holding on to the trunk with one hand).

Bondi has a fine collection of Norfolk Pines – some dating back to the 1930s – and should be attractive to Avalon’s tree-man (and The Bondi Daily is sure he would find an appreciative audience at Bondi).

According to the Telegraph report, he is not the only tree-man in the district, the paper’s local stable-mate, the Manly Daily reporting another – but different -- tree-scaler up a Norfolk Pine last year.

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BELLAGIO NOW OPEN FOR DINNER

The popular Waverley coffee-shop Bellagio (on the corner of Albion Street) will be open for dinner Wednesday-to-Saturday ..

A report in The SMH’s Good Living supplement reported that said that owner Felix Clark had recruited chef Leonard Walker to preside over the Bellagio kitchen, and Felix promises a “heavy-hitting wine list” for prospective diners.

(The new coffee-shop-cum-restaurant promotes itself as being “child-friendly”, so family dining will be a popular attraction to this up-and-coming part of Bronte/Waverley.)

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DOVER HEIGHTS FIREWORKS FURORE

Residents within sight and sound of the Dudley Page Reserve in Military Road Dover Heights are up in arms about Waverley Council’s decision to grant permission for a gala New Year’s “Fireworks” Party to be held there from 5pm on December 31.

The Council’s website is apparently promoting, if not sponsoring, the event: “Bring a picnic rug and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and incredible views with family and friends at Dudley Page Reserve. There'll be jumping castles, food stalls, face painting, laid back entertainment and a licensed bar.”

(The traditional New Year’s event used to be staged at Bondi Beach, where there was ample transport, parking and police presence.)

One long-time resident told The Bondi Daily: “This is the craziest thing the council has ever done. We’ll have drunken hoons driving around trying to find parking places in streets where there is already no parking. This is madness of a high order.”

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WAVERLEY SCHOOLS JUMPATHON

At precisely 2.30 pm on March 11 next year, don’t be alarmed if you hear some stomping from Waverley College in Birrell Street, St Clare’s in Carrington Street, and even St Anne’s Primary School in Blair Street.

Because next year Catholic Schools in Bondi and Waverley are being urged to hold a jumping demo to (say organisers) protest about children being held in offshore detention centres.

Led by their teachers, the jumping will be part of a planned State-wide jumpathon for which a music video called “Jump” has been especially composed.

Catholic school-children of all ages will be encouraged to “jump up and down for kids” on March 11.

Sydney Catholic Schools director Dr Dan White denied that the demo was politically-inspired. “It’s about the rights of children not to be held in detention,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

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UPGRADE FOR BONDI’S SHARK NETS?

Bondi might soon be a safer beach to swim and surf at.

The Baird Government is considering upgrading the existing shark-meshing nets at Bondi and other Sydney coastal beaches with new “eco-friendly” nylon nets.

The existing Bondi shark net helped trap and kill more than 90 sharks off Sydney beaches last summer, the Daily Telegraph reported.  

The new nets, if the planned installation goes ahead, would be bigger and more effective, according to the firm that produces the nets, “providing a complete barrier from seabed to surface”.

The NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, told the Telegraph that if the new nets saved lives, they would be worth the estimated cost of about $11,000 per net.


 

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ZAP THAT PROSTATE, SAYS CELEBRITY SURGEON

 

For men of a certain age, haunted by the fear of prostate cancer - and what that might imply for their love life - a potential knight in shining armour has hove into view in the shape of Eastern Suburbs celebrity surgeon Phillip Stricker (St Vincent’s Clinic, and urologist to the stars).

The SMH reveals that Stricker has a new prostate surgery technique that uses a burst of high-powered electricity to “zap” malignant prostate cells, leaving intact (and still in, er, working order) surrounding vital tissue.

He calls the technique the “nanoknife”, and it delivers a burst of electricity “more powerful than a bolt of lightning”, destroying cancerous prostate cells.

Only 15-20% of prostate patients are suitable for the zapping, but, says Stricker, in 76% of cases he has treated with the technique, the cancer had not returned for more than eight months.

Moreover, none of his patients had developed incontinence or impotence – the possible side-effects of traditional prostate surgery - the SMH reported.

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