Tuesday, 21 January 2014

  From today New Digital TVs with PVR will be installed in most of our rooms.
We going digital...

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Bondi Under siege as swelling ocean seeps into suburbs

Nicole Hasham, Peter Hannam

Bondi beach will shrink to a thin ribbon of sand and extreme storm surges would reach the top of its concrete sea wall, research commissioned by the local council shows.

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released on Friday, found the sea level would rise and could be expected to be up to 80 centimetres higher by the end of the century.

As scientists warned of dire global consequences from climate change at the report's release in Stockholm, residents in Sydney are grappling with the practical implications.

Bondi Beach now (above)
....and Bondi Beach how it might look in the year 2100
In the case of an 80-centimetre rise in sea levels, high tides would regularly flood parts of many Sydney suburbs that are close to water, including sections of Annandale, Mosman, Marrickville, Brighton-le-Sands, Sylvania Waters, Five Dock and Narrabeen.
In Bondi, critics say local authorities are ignoring rising sea levels that threaten millions of dollars' worth of planned waterfront works - a claim strongly contested by the council.

The beach, which pulls 1.8 million visitors a year, is poised for its biggest overhaul in decades after the council proposed an underground car park, beachfront parks and a new waterfront promenade. It follows the unveiling last week of the $7 million North Bondi surf lifesaving clubhouse.

Waterfront works planned: Bondi beach. Photo: Janie Barrett
But NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge said the plans ignored the council's own research, which shows Bondi beach is set to recede dramatically - by about 20 metres in 2050 and 45 metres in 2100. The research is contained in a 2011 report, commissioned by the council, by consultancy WorleyParsons.

Council figures show the north and south ends of the beach presently measure about 60 metres, widening to 120 metres at the centre.

They also show the ocean would surge over the sea wall during a one in 100-year storm event, swamping waterfront parks and coming within metres of the proposed car park entrance.

''This kind of wilful blindness on planning for climate change is simply unacceptable … and the public [is] not being told the truth,'' Mr Shoebridge said.

He said the sea wall should be moved back to allow the beach to retreat.

A draft 10-year plan for Bondi concedes the shrinking sand ''will decrease the overall amenity'' of the beach and erosion may undermine the sea walls and risk their stability during storms.

Rob Brander, a senior lecturer at the University of NSW specialising in coastal geomorphology, said Sydney's coastal regions faced significant impacts from rising sea levels.

''If a beach shifts landward, it hasn't got many places to go,'' Dr Brander said. ''Beaches will get narrower and low-lying coastal properties will face damage.''

Major storms in 1974 are an indication of what the future will look like.

''It's not the sea-level rise that's going to damage all the properties,'' he said. ''It's those storms superimposed on the higher sea levels that's really going to do the damage.''

But Waverley's Liberal mayor, Sally Betts, said the risk to Waverley's coastline remained ''low''.

''The sea wall currently protects the promenade and park from any wave impact or flooding and is expected to continue to do so in the future,'' she said.

The 2011 WorleyParsons report was ''widely circulated'' and the council had plans to adapt buildings and landscapes to future climate conditions and reinforce infrastructure where necessary, Cr Betts said.

''Waverley Council … has always taken climate change extremely seriously and will monitor any reductions in beach width and take action accordingly,'' she said.

Sydney Coastal Councils Group chief executive Geoff Withycombe said Bondi was far less vulnerable to sea-level rise than other parts of Sydney, such as the northern beaches or low-lying areas around Botany Bay. The impacts of sea-level rise on groundwater and stormwater infrastructure was a far more pressing concern for councils, he said.

But Mr Withycombe said that a state government decision last year to scrap specific statewide sea-level rise projections for use by councils had created uncertainty around local planning and public works decisions.

A member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, Bruce Thom, said Bondi was ''very resilient'' because its sand remained inside the bay during storms and was not lost to the sea.

Potential measures such as ''nourishment'', which replaces sand that has been washed away, meant forecasts about the loss of sand were ''hypothetical'', he said.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/bondi-under-siege-as-swelling-ocean-seeps-into-suburbs-20130928-2ul6l.html#ixzz2gGQ1IRW8

Friday, 9 August 2013

City2Surf Weekend Special

Spend the night in Bondi and take advantage of our City2Surf weekend special!
Stay in an 8-10 bed shared dorm for $20 per person.
Or 4 bed dorm for $25 per person.
Free wifi and breakfast included.
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See you soon!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Bondi Beach Road Hotel installs CCTV cameras above urinals

BLOKES worried about the guy next to them at the urinal having a peek should avoid Bondi's Beach Road Hotel - there is a bank of CCTV cameras watching every move.
 The Beach Road Hotel
The pub has installed at least four cameras in the men's toilets - but Beach Road management insists they are just for show.
Manager Mark Delaney said the cameras were fakes placed there to stop a serial vandal who had caused more than $20,000 worth of damage to stalls and sinks in recent months.
"I'm positive they are not capturing anything inappropriate and welcome any regulatory body to come down to talk to us about them," Mr Delaney told The Sunday Telegraph.
He said the vandal had demolished the barriers between the cubicles as well as ripping off cubicle doors.
NSW Council for Civil Liberties secretary Stephen Blanks said even if the cameras were fake patrons could still feel uncomfortable because they would assume they were being filmed.
"How do we know they are fake?" Mr Blanks said.
"It would be easy to put people under surveillance and then say they are fake. The bathroom and toilet facilities are one of the places where a person should not be subject to video surveillance."
A spokesman for NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith said whether a criminal offence had occurred would depend on the circumstances.
He gave the example that it would be a crime if a person was filmed while engaged in a private act and it was then used for sexual gratification. However, he said "the criminal offences are unlikely to be made out if the device is simply a dummy".
A spokeswoman for the federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said a private business is only covered by Commonwealth privacy laws if it turns over more than $3 million in a year.
The spokeswoman said the laws cover the dissemination and not the collection of the material, meaning a law would only be breached if the material was broadcast in a public forum, such as YouTube.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

MANCHESTER United headed to Bondi Beach for a relaxed recovery session yesterday to the surprise of local fans and police alike.

The players have pulled massive crowds everywhere they have gone in Sydney and yesterday was no different when scores of fans headed to the famous strip of sand to watch the team have a light run before heading to Bondi Icebergs for a lunch of chicken wings and colas.
The team also signed autographs before booting two training balls over the club's saltwater pools and into the surf.
One fan was quick to strip bare and souvenir one ball before a surfer paddled across and grabbed the other.
Local lifeguards tipped off police that the team was heading to Bondi.
Hundreds huddled on the road above the club for more than an hour hoping to get a glimpse of one of the stars.
Officers on horseback were on hand to block Notts Ave to make sure the players could safely make their way from Icebergs to their bus on Campbell Pde.
Aussie football fans now turn their attention to Melbourne, where fellow English giants Liverpool will take on the Melbourne Victory at the MCG on Wednesday.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Australia's most expensive apartment sells for $21 million in Bondi

  Australia's most expensive apartment sells for $21 million in Bondi

Pacific unit

Buyers queue to pay up to $9 million for a slice of beachfront paradise at a previous auction at The Pacific in Bondi. Source: News Limited
The rumour mill has been spinning for more than a week, but the record for Australia’s most expensive apartment has finally been set in Bondi at $21 million.
Pacific Bondi Beach, a luxury residential development in the old Swiss Hotel complex will be home to Will Vicars, chief investment officer of Caledonia Investments.
The high-end buyer purchased two two-storey penthouses, known as the “Lighthouses” with the plan of joining the prestige pair to create a single apartment.
The super sky home will total 975sq m, including 507sq m of living space and a 468sqm terrace facing Bondi Beach.
Mr Vicars said he bought the double apartment to be a family home.
“I love the precinct and Pacific offered the ultimate lifestyle experience, including laidback living, nearby sophisticated dining and shopping, access to Pacific’s concierge services and the chance to be in the midst of Bondi’s exciting atmosphere,” he said.
Before the record sale, Australia’s most pricey apartment was in Bennelong, aka “The Toaster”, at Circular Quay. It sold for $16.8 million.
The Bondi sale has eclipsed what property watchers were expecting to beat the Australian record; the Sulman Penthouse in The Residences building, Hyde Park. With a private pool, 360 degree views of the harbour and city, plus a $100,000 a year strata bill, the city apartment has been on the market for more than a year with a $20 million price tag.
Developers Rebel Property Group and of Capit.el Group began the Campbell Pde re-development of Bondi’s Swiss Grand Hotel began back in September 2012. Sales have so far have totalled $164 million with 74 of the 76 apartments sold in one day.

Sexy or shameful? Should Bondi have been rated as one of the world's sexiest beach

TRAVEL website Just Luxe thinks Bondi rates in the top 12 most sexy beaches in the world. The inclusion of Sydney's iconic beach ruffled a few feathers in the news.com.au office this morning. Here's our arguments for and against Bondi Beach, Sydney. Is this Australia?s sexiest beach?

Tell us below which side you stand on. Then tell us which beaches you think are WORSE than Bondi.
Bondi is NOT sexy.
By Alison Godfrey
BONDI Beach is concrete, graffiti, loud cars, and the stench of last night's vomit and urine. Sure, it's Australia's most popular beach, but the most sexy? No.
Sexy is beautiful, intimate, unspoilt. Sexy doesn't assault the senses - it arouses them.
Sexy is not a place where you can get a kebab and a deep fried Mars Bar. It is not a place where souped-up cars blaring loud music pass teenagers scribbling out a graffiti tag on a skate ramp and drunk 20-somethings take turns to puke over the cold metal railing onto the beach.
To say Bondi is Australia's most sexy beach is lazy. There are more beautiful and sexy beaches in Australia but they're not as well-known. Take a walk around the headland from Bondi and you will find Tamarama - known locally as Glamourama. Here curved sandstone cliffs drop down to white sand. It's small, intimate, and definitely more sexy than Bondi.
Queensland's Lizard Island, Victoria' Gibson's Steps, Cape Peron in Shark Bay WA. These are beaches that are definitely sexy.
What Luxe Travel has done wrong is to link sexy to celebrity. Sure Bondi has celebrities but the beach itself is not sexy. And it only has "larger than live waves" on a good day.
Let's talk about sex, Bondi.
By Jenni Ryall
Confidence is sexy.
Just ask Bondi.
You don't become a tourist must-see, home to dozens of celebrities and the star of at least five television shows without some serious sex appeal.
Sexy locals throw away thousands of dollars in rent a month just to be near you. Sexy men grow beards and wear top hats just to be seen with you. Sexy internationals drink in your honour just to write home about you. Sexy wannabes work out twenty hours a day just to be on you. Did I mention sexy?
Surfer's Paradise, you may be hot and dirty but I can't take you home to my mother. Bells Beach, you may be the down-to-earth man of my dreams, but I'm not ready for children.
Kelly Slater has surfed it. The colour of the 1998 iMac is named after it. Lara Bingle has flashed it. James Packer splashes his millions there. Pamela Anderson has jogged baywatch-style along it. Even Miss Russia says it is sexy as hell.
If you can't handle the heat, head directly south to Cronulla. Lauren Eagle thinks it's sexy.
Bondi has worked hard to get the 'sexiest' title. In 1951, the beach made international waves when the American movie actress Jean Parker stripped off to a tiny polka-dot bikini. Well, a tiny bikini any way and was escorted off the beach. Thanks to Jean making her revealing stand, women can now hang out there half naked. Male sources confirm this is indeed sexy.
Even when it was filthy it was sexy. In the 1980s, the Astra hotel was a notorious rockstar hangout. INXS and Hunters and Collectors were regulars. Bondi had hipsters before it knew what hipsters were. Now today's subculture kids can be seen rubbing shoulders with the muscle-beach regulars and tanned, fit beauties. How's that for oozing sexual culture.
So grab your soy, skim latte and potter on down to the grassy knoll. If you don't feel like the sexiest person on Earth now, I'm afraid you never will. Best to stay in Glenelg. I hear it's nice this time of year.
Tell us below which side you stand on. Then tell us which beaches you think are WORSE than Bondi.
Bondi Beach turns on the heat to remain the place of cool. Picture: File