The Bondi Memorial Public Artwork: Community Consultation opens 3 June 2020

Waverley Council and LGBTQ+ health organisation ACON are calling for community feedback on the shortlisted designs for the development of a site-specific public artwork in Marks Park, Tamarama.

The permanent memorial is to acknowledge the victims and survivors of an epidemic of homophobic and transphobic violence estimated to have claimed the lives of more than 88 gay men and transgender women across NSW between 1970 and 2000.

Several of these crimes took place in Marks Park on the Bondi coastline and were documented in Greg Callaghan’s 2007 true crime book, Bondi Badlands and Duncan McNab’s 2017 book Getting Away With Murder.

The memorial will be located on the south-western side of Marks Park in a peaceful area with a natural framing in the landscape and views across the ocean to Bronte. The Council has committed $100,000 for the commissioning of the memorial. ACON is also fundraising through bondimemorial.com.au.

Consultation on the shortlisted designs will run from 3 June until 5 July 2020 at haveyoursay.waverley.nsw.gov.au/bondi-memorial.

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.