Waverley Council Tender – EO1 2314 Bondi Beach Mermaids Public Artwork

Waverley Council is calling for Expressions of Interest for a public artwork about mermaids for design and installation in the South Park overlooking Bondi Beach.


Mermaids hold a special place in the heart of Bondi locals. In 1960, two mermaid statues were famously erected without permission on the large rock of Ben Buckler by artist Lyall Randolph. The sculptures were much loved landmarks, but they were also subject of university pranks, and fierce coastal conditions. Mermaid Lynette (modelled after Olympian Lynette Whillier) was never seen again after being swept off the rock by a heavy storm in 1974. Mermaid Jan (modelled after Miss Australia Surf 1959, Jan Carmody) lost an arm and her tail during the same storm and sat alone till 1976 when we she was removed. Jan is now on display in the Waverley Library. The mermaids remain an iconic part of our local history being an enduring memory for many in the community.

The EOI is calling for suitably qualified artists, designers, landscape architects and other appropriate parties to submit examples of their previous public art projects and programs for consideration for Concept Design Stage. All applicants must submit their interest through the tender portal.

Contained in the tender portal are Three Detailed Volume documents:
Volume 1 Outlines the EOI framework and the procurement process for the project.
Volume 2 Outlines the specification for the Mermaid Artwork and the Stages of the Artwork Commissioning Program.
Volume 3 Outlines the application requirements (Schedule of Returnable) applicants must provide in order to be considered for the next stage of the project.


Quote enquiries should be directed to the Contact Officer via the online forum.


You will need to register as a supplier on Waverley Council’s electronic tender box, TenderLink. Once registered, there will be an open tender called EO1 2314 Bondi Beach Mermaids Public Artwork.

Submissions close 2.00 PM AEST on Friday 2nd June 2023.

Completed responses must be submitted via the electronic tender box using the attached returnable forms. Should assistance be required please contact Tenderlink Customer Support on 1800 233 533.

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