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Bondi Pavilion redevelopment to be abandoned for ‘community-friendly’ upgrade
In the wake of a concerted campaign by locals opposed to an extensive redevelopment of the Bondi Pavilion, Waverley Council looks set to abandon the $38 million plan in favour of a more "community-friendly" option.
A new Waverley Council report recommends the scrapping of a development application that had included a grand entrance and atrium, a new theatre and space for restaurants and cafes.
Instead, the Mayor of Waverley, John Wakefield, is pushing for the building to be renovated in a way that leaves it largely unchanged, and at a lower cost.
Mayor Wakefield told the ABC “we are looking at doing a much more modest renovation.”
Advising that the theatre, music room, large ballrooms and seagull room would be retrained and refurbished in their current positions, Mayor Wakefield added "I can guarantee that the community use of the Bondi Pavilion will be retained.
"The building will be renovated in much the form that you see now."
Mayor Wakefield also advised that commercial use would be concentrated and restricted to the ground floor and the new renovations on the heritage-listed building would also cost a lot less - an estimated $20-25 million.
Kilty O'Brien from the Save Bondi Pavilion campaign said it was a great day of celebration for locals who felt the redevelopment would leave them without an unofficial town centre.
O’Brian advised "it's a great lesson of what normal people banding together, working together, can achieve.
"This is a credit to the thousands and thousands of people across Waverley that took a stance on a local issue that was important to them, that worked tirelessly for an outcome.
"We live in one of the most densely populated areas in Sydney and we're lacking in community space."
The planned makeover to the pavilion, which was built in 1928, was announced by former Waverley Mayor Sally Betts in 2015.
Designed by architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, the original proposal would have included additional exhibition spaces and outdoor amphitheatres while the first floor of the existing building was slated for a number of commercial tenancies including cafes, restaurants and function rooms.
Images: Bondi Pavilion (top) and the Tonkin Zulaikha Greer plan for the building (below).
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