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by Paul Neeson
posted 06/02/2020

What do the latest plans for the restoration of the Bondi Pavilion mean for the local arts?

Bondi Pavilion

After years of controversy, protest and community action, Waverley Council has passed the latest plans for the restoration of the iconic Bondi Pavilion.

Waverley Mayor Paula Masselos with Paul Neeson

Waverley Mayor, Paula Masselos, talks to Paul Neeson about the lengthy community consultation process and what the changes mean for local artists and community groups.

The plans include an upgrade of the theatre, improved pottery studio and new gallery and exhibition spaces. Plus the long overdue upgrade of the toilets and change rooms.

With work to begin in May 2020 and construction to last 18 months, Paula discusses the challenges of restoring a heritage building and accomodating the community and commercial groups during the process.

More details and plans can be viewed on the Council’s website.


The Head On Photo Awards are a feature of the Paddington calendar every year with finalist exhibitions at the Paddington Town Hall and Paddington Reservoir Gardens.

Head On Photo Awards

With entries for this year’s awards about to close, Anthony Frater talks to Founder and Artistic Director of the Festival,¬†Moshe Rosenzveig OAM, about the history of the festival.

They also discuss the unusual style of judging, and the subsequent world tour of the winning entries.

There are three categories in the award – portrait, landscape and student – with generous prizes in each.

Entries close 16 February. Details and terms  and conditions can be found here.

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