Waverley Blues Challenge Reigning Champs, Expose Division 2 Vulnerability

Despite a 47-point defeat to the formidable Boronia Hawks, Waverley Blues coach Scott Savage remains bullish about his team’s premiership prospects. 

The Blues, on a stellar run until Saturday’s clash of Division 2 heavyweights, have their sights firmly set on the top prize.

Photo Credit: Facebook/ Waverley Blues Football Netball Club

Savage believes that despite the final scoreline, the match was fiercely contested for long stretches—a view seemingly at odds with Boronia’s impressive 18-game winning streak. He highlighted how his charges matched the Hawks’ intensity, narrowing the margin to a mere 10 or 11 points in the third quarter.

The coach also praised defender Sam Hale for an exceptional performance that neutralised Boronia’s star forward, Josh Begley. Begley, the competition’s leading goalkicker, was held scoreless for the first time this season, demonstrating Waverley’s defensive prowess.

Photo Credit: Facebook/ Waverley Blues Football Netball Club

This week, the third-placed Blues face a crucial test against Templestowe.  Last year’s qualifying final saw a Dockers win end Waverley’s premiership charge in a 33-point loss. 

Photo Credit: Facebook/ Waverley Blues Football Netball Club

Savage insists this disappointment lingers in the Blues’ minds, driving their determination to avenge the defeat. The showdown promises to be a riveting chapter in the battle for Division 2 supremacy.

Published Date 16-May-2024

Rare Chance to Own a Piece of Sydney’s History: Robin Hood Hotel Seeking New Owners

Did you know that the iconic Robin Hood Hotel, which has remained in the hands of one family for three generations, is now on the market?

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The hotel, perched in a commanding position overlooking the bustling Charing Cross Intersection serves as the entrance to the highly-desirable Bronte retail precinct and provides a gateway to Sydney’s most affluent neighbourhoods, including Bronte, Clovelly, and Coogee.

Originally built by Tooth & Co in 1938, the venue has long aimed to be the Eastern Suburbs’ finest ‘local,’ offering live entertainment and consistently excellent food and beverage options. 

Robin Hood Hotel
Photo credit: Dave Sarks/Google Maps

Described in the listing as “One of Sydney’s most treasured suburban hotels underpinned by a high cash flow business woven into the fabric of the local community,” the hotel has become a beloved institution over the years.

Robin Hood Hotel
Photo credit: Kevin Staunton-Lambert/Google Maps

The sale process, overseen by leading agency HTL Property, is anticipated to generate significant interest among local and national industry participants who are eagerly seeking to acquire a prestigious hotel landmark.

Situated on a spacious 1757 sqm landholding, the Robin Hood Hotel benefits from favourable zoning and planning guidelines, presenting potential for future mixed-use redevelopment. This aspect adds an enticing prospect for investors looking to maximise the property’s value and capitalise on the area’s thriving commercial and residential market.

Following a thorough and meticulous renovation and refurbishment project worth $8 million, the multi-story hotel has undergone remarkable improvements. It now showcases an expanded trading area, providing a larger footprint for various activities. Moreover, the hotel has significantly increased its capacity to accommodate up to 451 patrons across two levels.

Robin Hood Hotel
Photo credit: The Robin Hood Hotel/Google Maps

What sets the Robin Hood Hotel apart is its exclusive 3:00 a.m. licence, allowing guests to revel in its unique offerings until the wee hours of the morning. The recent renovation project notably included the activation of Lorraine’s bistro on the first floor, which also holds a distinctive approval for extended trading hours.

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With its prime location, remarkable renovation, and established reputation as a local favourite, the hotel promises to be a lucrative and sought-after acquisition in the thriving Sydney hospitality landscape.

Published 6-June-2023

Waverley College Ramps Up War on Mullets With a $20 On-the-Spot Haircut for Non-Compliant Students

Waverley College has issued a new directive to students who attempt to go to school sporting a mullet, informing them that they could either follow the school’s hairstyle guidelines under its uniform policy or opt for a $20 haircut done on-the-spot.

Deputy principal Gabby Smith informed the parents prior to the start of Term 2 that their sons would be given a choice if they will get a haircut by the school’s chosen hairdresser or go home and miss classes to get their mullet sorted out. Their choices will be noted on their school file and related action taken pertinent to the policy will no longer require phone calls to their home or their parents.

In 2021, Waverley College banned mullets and other hairstyles that do not adhere to the school’s uniform policy, such as rat tails, braids for men, undercuts, layering, tinting and colouring, as well as the overuse of products. The school officials said that the rules had been clear and that the majority of the parents were supportive of the policy. 

The mullet has been part of Australian culture since the 1970s and grew in popularity a decade later. Fashion expert Ailsa Weaver said that the hairstyle is a way of life for some Australians who take pride in their identity as “larrikins,” or fashion rebels.

Australian icon John Farnham had the mullet as his signature look, and heaps of sportsmen in the country also wear the same hairstyle.  

Published 2-May-2023

Passeggiata: Check Out Waverley’s New Italian Restaurant

From the former Sagra owner comes a new Italian restaurant to enter the Waverley dining scene, Passeggiata, named after the Italian tradition of taking a leisurely stroll through the main streets, particularly taking place before dinner.

Chef and ex-Sagra owner Nigel Ward has opened his latest venture, Passeggiata, which he hopes locals would seek to dine in after taking a slow stroll along Charing Cross shopping strip and then take their time enjoying some great-tasting food paired with a bottle of wine.

Passeggiata: Check Out Waverley’s New Italian Restaurant
Photo credit: Passeggiata / passeggiata.au
Passeggiata: Check Out Waverley’s New Italian Restaurant
Photo credit: Passeggiata / passeggiata.au

Passeggiata is divided into a 4-seat ground level main dining area and a 30-seat set menu dining area upstairs. Soon, an alfresco area for Tuscan-style long lunches could also open. The interiors reflect its bright yellow facade whilst retaining the homey vibe of this former residential space with its wooden floorboards, exposed brick walls, and its well-preserved original ornate 1890s pressed-metal ceilings and staircase.  

Passeggiata: Check Out Waverley’s New Italian Restaurant
Photo credit: Passeggiata / passeggiata.au

With the new venue Ward and head chef Ryan Crothers will offer a seasonal menu but expect some staples. Current on offer includes crostino with chicken liver, agrodolce and onions; octopus with heirloom tomato and saffron; and prawn carpaccio with blood plum and mint. 

Then there’s fried zucchini flower with pecorino and mint; spaghetti a la vongole; gnocchi with summer squash, zucchini and lemon butter; and gnochetti sardi made with pork fennel sausage and spigarello.

Passeggiata: Check Out Waverley’s New Italian Restaurant
Photo credit: Passeggiata / passeggiata.au

Google Reviews:

“I ate here for the first time on Saturday night and it was possibly the best Italian I’ve had out in a very long time! The portions were perfect, allowing for entrees mains and dessert! Every dish was perfectly put together and well balanced (burrata was phenomenal, unlike most other Italian restaurants)” – E. Michael

“We had an amazing meal. We shared multiple dishes between 4 of us and they all hit the spot. The owner paired up our choices with some beautiful wines we had never tried before and they complimented the food gloriously. We will definitely be back.” – James C.

Passeggiata | 318 Bronte Road, Waverley

Waverley to Begin FOGO Collection Service in 2024

Waverley is preparing to lay the groundwork for a trial of its Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection service by 2024.

Per the official statement, a number of factors like procurement, workforce planning, community education programs and contractual matters are being undertaken to iron out the program before the trial runs. 

Waverley Council is also planning to secure funding from the NSW Environment Protection Authority to sustain the FOGO collection service. However, residents may expect a rate increase as the cost for providing commingled recycling bins will set back Council more than $2.6 million a year. Mayor Paula Masselos expects a $25 per year increase for ratepayers.

The move follows Randwick, Woollahra and Penrith, which have been running its FOGO trials for a couple of years. However, some Waverley councillors warned that the program should be carefully planned as the local governments that have gone done FOGO first have had some unexpected outcomes.

FOGO Collection Service Waverley
Photo Credit: WaverleyCouncil

The councillors believe that FOGO collection service is a complex process that must not be rushed, thus the rollout’s timeline will provide Waverley sufficient time to prepare the residents. 

The decision to start FOGO, however, has been well-received by a community enthusiastic to meet its environmental goals. Local leaders expect that many residents will participate in the trial. 

Meanwhile, Waverley Council has encouraged residents to learn better meal planning, storage and food waste techniques in preparation for the FOGO trials by following the tips and tricks from the NSW Love Food Hate Waste Food Smart Programs

“When we throw away food, we’re also throwing away all the natural resources like water and energy that went into growing, packaging, producing, transporting, selling and preparing your food,” the Council stated.

Six Students Involved in Hazing Expelled from Waverley College

Six students involved in a hazing incident at Waverley College have been expelled from the Catholic private all-boys school, school principal Graham Leddie has confirmed.

The incident apparently happened in late October between a group of Year 7 and Year 9 kids. Mr Leddie acknowledged that the younger students “provoked” the Year 9 boys and displayed “silly behaviour” by throwing fruits during their lunch break. 

However, the school authorities believed that the older boys “completely disproportionately” responded to the provocation thus the incident got out of hand. The principal said that the silliness turned into an assault and humiliation, even as most of the younger victims were actually not involved in the provocation. 

Waverley College
Photo Credit: Waverley College/Facebook

Mr Leddie said that the response was “unacceptable on every level” thus the school made the right action to cancel the enrolment of six Year 9 students, following an investigation. He was made aware of the hazing by some of the parents of the Year 7 students and immediately suspended those involved. 

According to reports, the Year 9 boys used belts to beat the Year 7 boys, who were also ordered to lick the shoes of the other kids or bark like a dog. The hazing happened inside a classroom that had no CCTV. 

Some of the parents also spoke with 2GB radio host Ben Fordham and said that this has been a “systemic problem” in Sydney’s private schools. One father denounced the actions of the older kids, saying they were “gutless” for picking on students a lot younger than them. 

Waverley College has initiated appointments with a psychologist for the students. NSW Police was also made aware of the incident after a parent went to the police station to file a report. 

Park’Npay Expands to Waverley

Paying for parking when visiting Bronte, Bondi Junction and Bondi Beach is now easier as the popular Park’nPay app goes live in the Waverley council area.

Waverley Council becomes the latest location to be part of the Park’nPay app service coverage. This update was announced in early December 2022 by Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Victor Dominello who said that it will help those who live, work and visit these areas find a parking spot hassle-free.

According to Mr Dominello, Park’nPay reduces the headache of parking by allowing drivers to view parking spots, pay and top-up for parking remotely, and receive a notification 10 minutes before their parking expires, all on their smartphones.

He added that about 2,600 metered parking spots are available through the app, and they only need to pay for the time they use, instead of paying upfront.

Park’Npay Expands to Waverley
Photo Credit: Facebook / Shelley Hancock MP

“Being able to see real-time availability for more than 800 parking spaces, plus 68 accessible bays for disabled parking is great news for one of the city’s most visited areas, especially over summer.

“Whether heading for a swim, enjoying the shops or taking a coastal walk, the ability to top-up parking from anywhere means people no longer have to rush back to the meter every couple of hours which takes a lot of stress out of their day.

Member for Vaucluse Gabrielle Upton welcomed the activation of the new Park’nPay app service in the Waverley Council area, calling it a “big win for the local community and the thousands of visitors to the area looking to explore the shops, parks, beaches and businesses that Bronte, Bondi and the eastern suburbs has to offer”.

Mayor of Waverley Paula Masselos said that being one of the most densely populated LGAs in Australia, Park’nPay will help people plan their trips and access available parking spaces in the municipality. She said that it is “always welcome” to have an innovative app that will make people’s car journeys easier.

Park’nPay is available across 48 suburbs in NSW including The Rocks, Ryde, Double Bay, Cumberland, Rozelle, Balmain, Leichhardt, Liverpool, Mosman, Central Coast, Hunters Hill, Burwood, The Northern Beaches, Port Stephens, Willoughby, Armidale, Parramatta Park, Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens and NSW National Parks.

The app also provides information on real-time parking availability for 26 Transport for NSW Commuter Carparks, locations of electric vehicle charging stations and more than 18,000 private driveways to rent.

If you would like to nominate a suburb to be included in the next Park’nPay roll-out, visit the Park’nPay website here.

Waverley War Memorial And The Generosity Of The Vickery Family

Did you know that the Waverley War Memorial Hospital, now known as the Uniting War Memorial Hospital, was a gift from the Vickery Family?

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Ebenezer Frank Vickery, a solicitor and philanthropist resolved that if his two brothers came back home from the First World War, he would convince the rest of the family to donate the property, called ‘Edina’ in memory of his father, Ebenezer Vickery Jr. who died in 1915.

Vickery family, 1901, at Ebenezer and Jane’s golden wedding anniversary (Photo credit: waverley.nsw.gov.au)

Edina was a late Victorian mansion built by his grandfather, Ebenezer Vickery. It was named after Edinburgh Scotland, in honour of Ebenezer’s wife, Jane, and her heritage. It was the family’s residence for around six decades.

The senior Ebenezer spared no expense on Edina. It’s been known that he would travel all the way to Italy with his architect to buy marble fireplaces and chandeliers. He also came home with some second hand tiles for the verandahs and main hall that had been taken from the ancient city of Pompeii.

Ebenezer Vickery at the Aborigines Mission Station, Cairns, 1904 (Photo credit: waverley.nsw.gov.au)

Beyond their wealth, the Vickery family was known for their strong commitment to the Methodist Church. In fact, Ebenezer Vickery was dubbed as a ‘staunch Methodist’ with a strong evangelical dedication to his church.

In 1919, all members of the family donated the magnificent home and grounds of Edina to the Methodist Church.

Early Years

In 1920, Elizabeth Hunter who just returned home after serving from war, was named as the hospital’s first Matron. A hospital licence is granted for 19 beds and four cots. Ms Hunter, also known as Lila, served as the administrator of the hospital for many years.

Stage One of the hospital opened in the Ellerslie Building in February 1921. Ellerslie, aside from Edina, was one of the buildings built by the senior Ebenezer Vickery. He also owned two more buildings, ‘Banksia’ and ‘Wytchazel.’

The first nurses at the hospital (Photo credit: www.seslhd.health.nsw.gov.au

On Armistice Day in 1925 the first 13 nurses graduated from the War Memorial Hospital.

By 1935, a new hospital block, the Jeanie Morgan Building, opened at the Waverley War Memorial Hospital. It was named after Jeanie Nellie Vickery Morgan, daughter of Ebenezer and Jane Vickery.

Hospital’s Growth and Expansion

Extensions were added to the hospital in the 1950s. This includes another Operating Theatre and Sterilising Room, and a change room for female doctors. A residential aged care home was also established on site by 1963.

In 1969, The hospital became a public health organisation within the NSW Health system and has become part of South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD), operating as a specialist aged rehabilitation service.

Waverley War Memorial
Photo credit: uniting.org

The year 2000s was the decade that heralds the consolidation and growth of the hospital’s allied health services, delivered by multidisciplinary teams. 

It was in 2019 when the hospital celebrated 100 years since the Vickery family gifted Methodist Church their home. 

Read: Uniting Pushes Plans To Redevelop Waverley War Memorial Hospital

Today, the Uniting War Memorial Hospital building represents one of the largest remaining suburban Victorian spaces in Eastern Sydney.

Uniting Pushes Plans To Redevelop Waverley War Memorial Hospital

Did you know that a development application has been submitted, for a $340-million redevelopment of the Waverley War Memorial Hospital?

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Uniting Church, the operators of the hospital, is planning to build a residential aged care including an early onset dementia centre and day centre and retirement living with assisted living options with a menu of in-home care services on the site, which operates as a public hospital.

Photo credit: www.waverley.nsw.gov.au 

The redevelopment of Waverley War Memorial Hospital will provide a total of 216 self-care units, 48 aged care beds, 44 hospital beds, and 226 jobs.

The proposal also includes expanded heritage gardens and community facilities including a café, seniors’ gym, men’s shed, landscape zones and points of activation to encourage seamless links to the surrounding community.

Masterplan aerial view (Photo credit: https://pp.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/

If approved, the maximum building height of the hospital will be increased from part 9.5m and 12.5m, to part 15m and 21m whilst the floor space ratio (FSR) will also go up from 0.6:1 and 0.9:1 to 1.5:1. 

“The 15m height limit is proposed to permit four storeys to the Bronte Road street frontage. The 15m is justified due to the need to accommodate generous floor to ceiling heights that are required to service the additional needs of various seniors housing uses such as residential aged care facilities,” the planning proposal reads.

“The War Memorial Hospital is an important building within the Waverley Estate that will always be preserved and respected and is not being redeveloped.  Whilst the current plan allows for the expansion of hospital services in the future, this would take place in conjunction with NSW Health and be respectful of its heritage,” the Uniting Church has stated.

Artist’s impression of view along Birrell Street (Photo credit: https://pp.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/)

Plans for other parts of the Waverley Estate are at various stages of planning approval. The planning process is being carried out by Uniting NSW.ACT. 

View along Bronte Road & Church Street (Photo credit: https://pp.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/)

“We are committed to maintaining our ownership of the Estate and for the newly developed site to play an even greater role in meeting the needs of the local comm,” Uniting Church added.

Uniting first announced our intention to redevelop the site in May 2017. All residents since that time have entered on short-term Residential Tenancy Agreements. 

A spokesperson for Uniting said residents were relocated to other Uniting sites close by or placed with other providers, with independent living residents to stay at the site for ‘some time’ after the residential aged care at the site was closed.

Have Your Say on the ‘Charing Square’ Planning Proposal

A revised planning proposal for “Charing Square,” which aims to revitalise the Charing Cross Village in Waverley, is open for community consultation and feedback until 6 February 2022.

Knight Frank on behalf of Barbary Coast Investments Pty Ltd and Rayda Investments Pty Ltd lodged the planning proposal and was accepted on 24 April 2020. The planning proposal applies to Charing Cross precinct, encompassing six properties situated between Bronte and Carrington Rd in Waverley.

The specific locations are: 

  • 223-227 Bronte Road 
  • 203-209 Bronte Road 
  • 211-213 Bronte Road 
  • 229-231 Bronte Road  
  • 94 Carrington Road 
  • 98 Carrington Road  
Photo credit: CHARING SQUARE /  charingsquare.com.au 

Apart from the Robin Hood Hotel and its associated bottle shop, the site is also home to three shops, the Legion Club, Reece Plumbing and six apartments. The heritage-listed component of the hotel and garages located on Carrington Road will remain untouched. 

Montage of the proposed Charing Square development as seen from Carrington Road (looking north east)
Montage of the proposed development as seen from Carrington Road (looking north east)
Photo credit: Waverley Council / waverley.nsw.gov.au

The planning proposal covers a total area of 3,473 square metres and will have a maximum height of 13.5 metres. The proposed design will feature a ground-level laneway precinct to be called “Charing Square” which will rejuvenate the precinct through a mix of retail and commercial uses.

Montage of the proposed Charing Square development – Carrington Road ground level entry
Montage of the proposed development – Carrington Road ground level entry 
Photo credit: Waverley Council / waverley.nsw.gov.au

Other public benefits of the proposal include public artwork, street tree planting along Carrington Road, additional on-street parking to Carrington Road and a range of “sustainability initiatives”.

Montage of the proposed Charing Square development – looking east from within the site
Montage of the proposed development – looking east from within the site
Photo credit: Waverley Council / waverley.nsw.gov.au

The Charing Square Planning Proposal follows the previous planning proposal whose appeal was denied by the State Planning Panel on 15 November 2020. Proponents said that the proposal is not a development application but rather a “spot rezoning” request.

Hence, the planning proposal seeks to amend the Waverley Local Environmental Plan 2012 that would “allow for a greater yield of commercial and residential floor space”. 

Montage of the proposed Charing Square development – view from Bronte Road entry looking west
Montage of the proposed development – view from Bronte Road entry looking west
Photo credit: Waverley Council / waverley.nsw.gov.au

The proposed changes include an “incentivised maximum (increased) permissible floor space ratio (FSR) and the maximum permissible height of buildings (HOB)”. Specifically, the proposal seeks to increase the HOB from 9 metres to 13.5 metres and the FSR to 2.25:1 from 1:1.

The Charing Square planning proposal is currently on exhibition with the NSW Planning Department. 

The public is encouraged to have their say by submitting their feedback by 11.59 pm, Sunday 6 February 2022 through the following means:

  • Providing an online submission
  • Email to info@waverley.nsw.gov.au (reference SF21/5272) or upload a document in the feedback form
  • Post to: General Manager, Waverley Council, PO Box 9, Bondi Junction, NSW 1355 (reference SF21/5272)

The Council will then decide on the proposed changes based on the recommendations of Council officers and community feedback. If Council decides to support the proposed changes then a development application can be submitted.