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PLANET FRIENDLY TIPS FOR DUMPING YOUR JUNK

Whichever way you cut it, we always wind up with stuff we don’t need – in our garage, cupboards, attics, and elsewhere. It makes moving house a far more frustrating endeavour. For some it’s a buzz to offload unwanted junk from a declutter session. But where does it all go? Unfortunately some of it winds […]

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COMMUNITY BANK A LIFE SAVER

Bronte Surf Club’s equipment ranks have been bolstered by the addition of a new inflatable rescue boat (IRB) courtesy of the Clovelly Community Branch of Bendigo Bank. As part of their ongoing commitment to give back 80 per cent of their profits to support local community organisations such as surf clubs, the local bank presented […]

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CLOVELLY CROCS CELEBRATE 100 YEARS

It’s hard to define what it is that makes a community. People, surely. A general location. A sense of spirit. They’re all necessary factors, but not quite enough. There has to be an element that draws all of these disparate people together, and cements their loyalty to each other. In most communities that element is […]

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BONDI TRATT TO CHANGE HANDS AFTER 30 YEARS

The commonly regurgitated stat is that nine out of ten restaurants fail in their first year. While it is hard to find statistics that explicitly support that, the message remains: the restaurant business is notoriously difficult to succeed in. So when a restaurant manages to stick around for not just one year, but for 30 […]

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PAVILION PROPOSAL LITTLE MORE THAN AMENITIES AND SHOPS WRAPPED IN A HERITAGE FAÇADE

In good design, ‘form follows function’ – Bondi Pavilion is and has been a community cultural centre for 40 years. In the ‘Stage 1’ development proposal for the Pavilion there is no substantive change from the December 2015 plans, which were castigated by a community response of over 700 submissions in early 2016 and again […]

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BUS STOP RELOCATION A WELCOME FEATURE OF BRONTE PLAN

Council Plans of Management are not exactly scintillating reading. In fact – and maybe this will be controversial – they are incredibly boring. However, they also contain vital information about how councils intend to shape and improve public space, so to ignore them based on their monotonous banality would be cutting off our nose to […]

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NO BUDGET BLOWOUTS AS RANDWICK REMAINS DEBT FREE

Not many local councils can proudly state that they are debt free. Randwick Council is one of the lucky few. Council has just released its 2018 Budget & Operational Plan, and unlike most of us living on credit and canned tuna, it can say that it has now passed a decade of balanced budgets and […]

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STREET HAZARDS KNOW NO BOUNDARIES

It’s becoming increasingly obvious that our councils are more focussed on development than fixing local problems such as dangerous manhole covers and crumbling footpaths. One example of the lack of ongoing concern is ‘no-man’s land’ at the southern end of St Thomas Street, where Boundary Street turns around. Numerous emails and phone calls expressing local […]

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TOP TIPS FOR CREATING A WILDLIFE FRIENDLY GARDEN THIS AUTUMN

Imagine our world devoid of plants and wildlife. This stark picture is enough to sour your coffee (sorry). Unfortunately, it could be the way we’re headed in Australia, if outcomes from the recent national State of the Environment report are anything to go by. The report shows that our biodiversity is under increased threat and […]

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HE WOULD HAVE BEEN 18 THIS YEAR

Here at The Beast, we are constantly astounded by the strength and generosity of those in our local community. Like this month’s cover star Sophie Smith, Mal Ward has gone through one of the toughest things that anyone can go through: losing a child. Mal’s son Johnno passed away in July 2008, aged nine, after […]

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