Randwick and Waverley Councils promote Float to Survive message this summer

Randwick and Waverley Councils are joining forces again this summer to help reduce the record number of drownings in Australia by encouraging people to “Float to Survive”. Float to Survive is a pilot water safety campaign launched by the two councils last December (2022) in partnership with the University of NSW (UNSW) Beach Safety Research Group (BSRG) to promote floating as the best chance of survival for swimmers who get into trouble in the water. Float to Survive was evaluated by the head of the BSRG, Professor Rob Brander (aka ‘Dr Rip’) who found it was an easy-to-understand and well…

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Kids, Parks & Playgrounds

Calling all astronauts: Waverley Park Playground has officially reopened!

Local children dressed in astronaut costumes delighted in Waverley Council’s official reopening this morning of the inclusive Waverley Park Playground, home to Sydney’s newest rocket ship and bespoke launch control play tower. The new playground is the cornerstone of the Waverley Park upgrade project, proudly co-funded by the NSW Government, through the NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program, in association with the Council. The Council received a $1.75 million grant from the Public Spaces Legacy Program to assist in funding Waverley Park upgrades including the new inclusive playground, park lighting upgrades, landscaping and relocation of a fitness station. Access and inclusion…

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Kids, School holidays, What to do

Waverley Council’s summer school holiday program

Get ready for that perfect slice of summer these school holidays! Waverley Council is offering everything from sports and dance at Margaret Whitlam Recreation Centre, interactive workshops like exploring Virtual Reality or making your own Clay Sea Creatures at Waverley Library to family experiences at Bondi Pavilion. Enjoy The Listies at The Pav Theatre this summer who are bringing their silly songs, zany sketches and classic clowning with “Make Some Noise” a comedy concert for humans aged four to 400. This summer there is also the opportunity to show your appreciation for our coastline with the Love the Coast photography…

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What to do

A Walking History Tour of Waverley Cemetery gives a glimpse into the past.

The Friends of Waverley Cemeteries are not ghoulish individuals who hang out for Halloween. They  are a group of volunteers who enjoy maintaining and promoting the cemeteries. Our members are people who may have an interest in genealogy, social and local history and the preservation of the memories and deeds of notable Australians buried in the cemeteries. Or they may have relatives interred in either Waverley or South Head Cemetery. Our members guide walking history tours of Waverley Cemetery every Saturday. Our guides are passionate about sharing their knowledge of the people, monuments and social significance of the cemeteries. Other…

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School holidays, What to do

Waverly council School Holiday Programs

Next School Holiday Dates:  Monday 25 September to Friday 6 October 2023  Bookings for the Spring School Holiday Program will open on Monday 28 August 2023. Our programs are super popular so please book early to avoid disappointment. We have a great line-up of fun filled activities, workshops and events coming up for the Spring School Holiday program. Included will be, both free and paid activities facilitated by a combination of Waverley Council specialist staff, artists, industry professionals and partner organisations. The following locations will be offering  different programs to suit all ages: Bondi Pavilion Waverley LibraryThis external link will open in a new…

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Health & Wellbeing, Kids

A safer walk to school means less traffic and healthier kids

Heavy traffic congestion around schools at drop off and pick up times is a frustrating reality for many families but a new plan by Waverley Council aims to address that headache – and improve health for children. The Safer Walking Routes to School program will make getting to school without the car safer and easier, and encourage parents and children to choose walking, scootering or riding to school. It’s the brainchild of Waverley Mayor Paula Masselos and will mean installing crossings and improving footpaths, lighting and other infrastructure and safety upgrades within a 1km radius of each local school. Mayor…

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For Mums, Health & Wellbeing, Inspiration

Get rebates of up to $100 on reusable cloth nappies.

Waverley residents can claim a 50% rebate on the purchase of reusable nappies (up to $100 rebate for a $200 purchase) and reusable sanitary products (up to $50 rebate for a $100 purchase) making it more affordable to go eco-friendly. Reusable products may cost a little more up-front, but in the long term they can save you more than $1,000 a year! Council rebates are provided to help reduce the upfront costs of reusable options, allowing you to reduce your waste to landfill by shifting away from disposable, single-use products. If you have been wanting to try these reusable products now…

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Events, Kids, School holidays

Movies in the Park

Waverley Council is excited to launch Movie Nights in the Park, a free community event for the whole family to enjoy. This is also an opportunity to Meet the Mayor Paula Masselos & Councillors. Grab your picnic rug, blanket or low-lying chair and come to one or all of our Movie Nights in the Park this April and May throughout Waverley. Saturday 22nd April: Shrek – Varna Park Saturday 29th April: Kung Fu Panda – Waverley Park Saturday 20th May: Despicable Me – Bondi Park / Pavilion Saturday 27th May: Madagascar– Kimberley Reserve Free popcorn, gelato and face painting! You’re…

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HSC Help: setting up your child for high school success

The Waverly Library is organising an information evening about HSC help and setting up your child for high school success. This is an informative talk and hear from Educator Mohan Dhall, on how best prepare your child for the challenges and opportunities of high school. This event will provide practical advice, resources, and tips for success. Whether your child is just starting high school or is in the middle of it, this event is for you. On the night we will discuss: – Understanding High Schools. How to navigate complexity and assessment tasks – Peers and friendship groups: strategies for…

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Waverley Local Hero Awards

Nominate a local Hero, nominations for the 2023 Awards will be opening in February 2023. Waverley Council’s annual Local Hero Awards recognise those in our community who are passionate about making a difference, and those dedicated to making Waverley a special place to live. There are six award categories: Strengthening Community: Recognises the important and inspirational work of an individual to a community organisation, in the area of community services, wellbeing and community safety. Community Life: Recognises an individual that has made a valuable contribution to the community through the fields of sports, arts, recreation or culture. Community Volunteer: Recognises…

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