Waverley Council announces ‘Swim & Go’ and ‘Surf & Go’ measures at Bondi and Bronte beaches

Following discussions with the Minister for Health and Medical Research, Brad Hazzard, the Mayor of Waverley, Paula Masselos, today announced strict new ‘Swim & Go’ and ‘Surf & Go’ measures at Bondi and Bronte beaches and ‘Surf & Go’ at Tamarama Beach.

The measures will provide a safe way for local surfers and experienced ocean swimmers to exercise safely in the water. The measures have a strong emphasis on social distancing.


2020 Winter Wall-Painting Applications closing soon!

Are you a graffiti or mural artist with a desire to express yourself on Sydney’s most famous public canvas?

Well Waverley Council are looking for the next crop of artists to come and paint the Bondi Beach Graffiti Wall – and applications close soon (15th April 2020). Painting will commence in July.

This link to the council website has all the details and forms you need to apply:


If you are fortunate, your work could be seen by millions of tourists each year.

And remember – if you don’t ask – you don’t get!

APPLY NOW to paint the Bondi Beach Graffiti Wall this summer!

The Bondi Beach Sea Wall is open to artists of all calibres. Artists seeking permission to paint a mural must submit an application online.

To support the diverse and dynamic character of Bondi, the artworks on the Bondi Beach Sea Wall are constantly changing. Each panel on the Sea Wall is allocated for a six month time period.

Applications to create a work on the Sea Wall for summer 2020 will be accepted until Friday 6 September.

Applications must be received before Friday 6 September for painting across summer 2020.

For further information, please contact Waverley Council’s Visual Arts Team at visualarts@waverley.nsw.gov.au or by phone on 02 9083 8746.

Image by Days One DCA and Kade.

Welcome to Bondi – Freedom of Speech

Everyone was shocked when ELK (artist Luke Cornish) stencilled his Welcome to Bondi panel in late July 2019.

The panel depicts 24 Border Force ‘soldiers’ in paramilitary/riot gear holding semiautomatic weapons – with WELCOME TO BONDI lettered in a Soviet-style font across the top.

This represents the 24 Asylum Seekers who have committed suicide in Australian onshore/offshore detention camps since 2010.

Now the Graffiti wall at Bondi Beach has always been used for social issues (refugees, marine conservation etc) and Luke has a history of painting confronting pieces – his 2016 – Capitalist Pig piece with Kaff-eine features a Capitalist Pig and his canine wife who wears a scarf made of Syrian refugees – but this one REALLY upset people. Local politicians ranted against the painting on Facebook, local people (by and large) ranted FOR the painting. It made media across the country. Petitions were launched for- and against- the mural. It became a real political hot-potato.

And so on Tuesday night (6th August) Waverley Council voted whether to keep the mural or not. They voted 5-4 in favour of the mural (broadly split on political lines) and local art-lovers celebrated.

Then late that night after the meeting someone defaced the mural with a roller. Police haven’t yet caught the culprits – but it echoes the behaviours of other thugs in February this year when the wall was defaced with swastikas in an attempt to intimidate Bondi’s Jewish community.

Free speech isn’t for everyone it seems.

So where do we go now? We are hoping that Luke paints right back over it!

ELK’s wall post gets publicity

Luke Cornish (ELK)’s Welcome To Bondi piece features 24 Border Security Guards and represents the 24 suicides in detention since 2010 – it has certainly been creating waves.

Leon Goltsman, a Liberal councillor on Waverley Council ranted on Facebook and ABC Radio Sydney he wants the mural removed because the area shouldn’t be politicised:

“People come down to the beach, they’re bringing their children, they’re bringing their families. We’ve got tourists. If they want to see this kind of art they go to the gallery, they’ve got the exhibition. They’re not expecting this. Kids are being traumatised.”

But Leon is in the minority – most of the commentators seem to back Luke’s bravery in bringing this issue to the public eye.

Maybe the people who hate the image are struggling with their sense of shame.

Bondi Beach Murals defaced with Swastikas

The Australian Jewish news reported this morning that a number of murals on the wall (including pieces by Reubzz) have been defaced overnight by vandals using Swastikas.

This is disgusting and a further example of the rise of Australian right-wing nationalism – we need to stand against racism of all kinds.

Fortunately, Waverley Council staff were down at lunchtime attempting to clean off these horrible symbols.

Peque Vrs Paints WAYS

If you’re checking out the street art on the Bondi wall, take the time to head up Wairoa Avenue – Mexican street artist Peque Vrs has done an amazing job of repainting the front of the Waverley Council WAYS – (Waverley Youth Services) building.

His work features two guys driving off in a convertible and a girl surrounded by the words:

  • Success
  • Confident
  • Opportunity
  • Inspired

WAYS has supported the youth of Bondi – including its budding street artists – for over twenty years.