Waverley Council has voted to publicly exhibit the concept design for the North Bondi Shops and Bus Terminus Upgrade and to encourage community feedback.

Mayor of Waverley, Paula Masselos said the project aims to make this key tourism, leisure and retail destination more functional and aesthetically pleasing for our residents, local businesses and visitors.

The concept design aims to beautify the streetscapre, maximise areas for new public space, balance bus operations with other functions of the village centre, minimise impacts on parking, ensure safe pedestrian movement, increase shading and greenery without impeding beach/ocean views and implement sustainable elements where feasible.

It was informed by several Council-endorsed strategies, including our Waverley Community Strategic Plan 2018 – 2029 and Liveable Places Centres Strategy 2020 – 2036, and has support from Transport for NSW.

“Residents and local businesses in North Bondi have been waiting a long time for this project to progress to public exhibition and I’m glad that we are now able to go out to the community for feedback,” Mayor Masselos said.

“We are cognisant that the people who live and work in the North Bondi bus terminus area don’t want us to reinvent the wheel through this upgrade. They simply want better flow of traffic, they want us to maintain beach and water views, and they want us to create more pleasant spaces that are in keeping with the neighbourhood’s laid-back vibe.”

We are at the beginning of the process to redesign this key neighbourhood village with a number of steps to be completed before work commences. The first step is to invite community feedback on an initial concept design which proposes:

  • Redesign the bus terminus but retain its existing location
  • Retain northbound and southbound bus stops
  • Implement one-way traffic flow on the eastern side streets of Hastings Parade and Brighton Boulevard (eastbound into Hastings Parade and westbound from Brighton Boulevard)
  • Tree species and other details will be considered during detailed design, however, native trees with good coverage will be considered a priority.

Once feedback has been received, the concept will be refined with Council looking to:

  • maximise areas for new public space
  • balance bus operations with other village centre functions
  • minimise impacts on parking numbers by implementing a 90-degree parking layout
  • ensure safe pedestrian movement throughout the village
  • increase shading and greenery without impeding beach/ocean views
  • implement sustainable elements where feasible.

The public exhibition will go live on Monday 18 March and close Sunday 14 April at haveyoursay.waverley.nsw.gov.au. A consultation report will go to Council in May.