Waverly Council is reconsidering a proposal which would section off 2%
of Bondi Beach to be transformed into a European style beach club. It would cost
$80 for 2 hours and run between November and February each summer but not
everyone is happy about it. Should Australia’s most famous beach be home
to a beach club? Would you pay for a Bondi beach club? Or should Waverly council
reject the proposal?
Posted by on 08 Oct 2020
No way. Been to many beaches in my time and never had to pay. Councils will
think of all sorts of ways to get money out of people. Been to Bondi many years
ago (I don't live in Sydney) and to be honest, although it's ok, there are
better places on the planet.
To be honest I do not see the reason why so many people crowd onto this beach.
I live in Queensland on the Gold Coast and we have kilometres of beautiful
beaches with free parking etc. I could think of nothing worse than sitting on
the beach or swimming with all those people around me. The beach to me is a
place of peace and Bondi looks horrendous to me. Of course some people like
this type of hype so each to their own. Definitely would not pay $1 to have the
Public beaches should remain free
....we pay enough for the rip off parking as it is that's a big fee for a day at
the beach. Thank God for public transport to most City Beaches! We have to stop
making simple pleasures harder for the have nots!
Who stands to benefit from privatising a section of an iconic beach that’s
always been accessible to everyone?
Why should Waverley Council even consider polarising the community and blatantly
promote class division? This proposal is not dissimilar to a gated community
for the elites and the affluents, that effectively and resoundingly, bar those
who do not meet their criteria.
This is reminiscent of an outrageously arrogant proposal to turn Wolseley Road
in Point Piper into a private road many years ago.
The Beach area and water are for everyone, is it not part of the Queens chain?
OR does this not apply in Australia? if yes, then it can NOT be owned, it IS
$80 for two hours?
This project or whatever the council wants to call it needs to be STOPPED!
Council needs to respect all visitors, local or otherwise to the FREE beach and
do what they always have, enjoyed a beautiful place with their family, friends
and loved ones.
NO TO PAYING TO ENJOY, PLAY, PHOTOGRAPH OR SIT ON WHAT IS FREE NOW!!!
This proposal is going to take up beach space and will only be available for
people that can afford it. There are already local business in Bondi that
depend on their customers, if this business sets up it will take business away
from businesses that have been at Bondi for years local restaurants/cafe's pubs
etc that have already been struggling from this current pandemic and are well
known by the local community that already serve food and drinks, staff will lose
their jobs and they will have to eventually close their doors. The lifeguards
will have more work to do worrying about people that have gotten drunk at lunch
or under the weather headed for the beach and then headed for the water. Some
patrons might request certain people on the beach to move if they have children
and they are too noisy etc. There will be less spaces to park. It is hard for
people to find parking as it is, so they can go to the beach etc and they have
to pay for it already. I believe overtime they will want to occupy more of the
beach and so where will that leave the beach goers, surfers, swimmers,
sunbathers etc. They will want to do this to all the local beaches including
Manly. These beaches already get packed enough and with Coronavirus social
restrictions there is less room for people already. They will want to do this
for more and more months. Beaches should be free for everyone, you already have
to pay for parking, taking the sand space just makes it worse. The beaches are
for the public and free for everyone to share and should stay that way. I vote
no to this proposal.
Councils have too much power nowadays. They are often corrupt and have lost
touch with the residents who live in their areas. How dare Waverly Council even
consider taking away a pleasure that costs nothing and handing it out to an
elitist group who can afford the exorbitant fees. I hope the residents don't sit
back and let this abuse of council power go ahead.