Bondi Icebergs 1 Notts Avenue Bondi Beach NSW 2026

Alterations and additions to Level 4 Icebergs Dining Room and Bar including internal reconfiguration, new roofed area, signage and works to the entrance and parking areas. The proposal also includes an extension of trading hours to 10pm

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 27 days ago. It was received by them 12 days earlier.

(Source: Waverley Council, reference DA-440/2020)

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  1. Jade Garel commented

    The Applicant submitted essentially the same application earlier this year and given the significant adverse public response withdrew that application. They are now re-submitting essentially the same application the week before Christmas, a tactic usually pursued by dodgy developers with questionable applications. The Council should reconsider all the objections submitted in association with the previous and now withdrawn application, as those applicants may not be aware of this application given it has deliberately been submitted during the Christmas / New Year vacation period.

    The key issues concerning residents in this predominantly RESIDENTIAL street are, (1). increased volumes of Uber, Taxi, Car Service dropping off and collecting an increased number of venue patrons (2). Increased number of loud obnoxious intoxicated patrons dumped into the street from the venue at closing. (3). Loitering intoxicated patrons creating excessive noise post the 10pm closing. The recent street renovation has now provided substantial street seating for these patrons. (4). Increased litter including alcohol containers and cigarettes deposited in the street outside residential building entries in the street.

    Unfortunately I expect Council will approve this application regardless of objections from the residents in the street. Council will be swayed by commercial considerations which seem to trump residential considerations, even though in this instance Council earns significant revenues from residential rates etc in this high land valuation street.

    At the very least Council should require :

    (A). the Applicant to employ full time private security to control patron arrival and departure and this security should be in place for at least 90 minutes post venue closing time.

    (B). This security should be charged to enforce “all” the undertakings put forward by the Applicant in their DA submission relating to : patron management external to the venue, rubbish management external to the venue and noise management external to the venue, including the adjacent seating area.

    (C). Local police to enforce the new 10km per hour vehicular speed limit in the street. Uber drivers, Taxis etc are already exceeding this limit, regardless of the fact the recent street renovation makes this a predominately pedestrian roadway.

    I am all for development and progress but this application does everything for the applicant and does nothing for residents other than increase post venue closing noise, rubbish and vehicle traffic in a predominantly pedestrian precinct.

  2. Jade Garel commented

    The Applicant submitted essentially the same application earlier this year and given the significant adverse public response withdrew that application. They are now re-submitting essentially the same application the week before Christmas, a tactic usually pursued by dodgy developers with questionable applications. The Council should reconsider all the objections submitted in association with the previous and now withdrawn application, as those applicants may not be aware of this application given it has deliberately been submitted during the Christmas / New Year vacation period.

    The key issues concerning residents in this predominantly RESIDENTIAL street are, (1). increased volumes of Uber, Taxi, Car Service dropping off and collecting an increased number of venue patrons (2). Increased number of loud obnoxious intoxicated patrons dumped into the street from the venue at closing. (3). Loitering intoxicated patrons creating excessive noise post the 10pm closing. The recent street renovation has now provided substantial street seating for these patrons. (4). Increased litter including alcohol containers and cigarettes deposited in the street outside residential building entries in the street.

    Unfortunately I expect Council will approve this application regardless of objections from the residents in the street. Council will be swayed by commercial considerations which seem to trump residential considerations, even though in this instance Council earns significant revenues from residential rates etc in this high land valuation street.

    At the very least Council should require :

    (A). the Applicant to employ full time private security to control patron arrival and departure and this security should be in place for at least 90 minutes post venue closing time.

    (B). This security should be charged to enforce “all” the undertakings put forward by the Applicant in their DA submission relating to : patron management external to the venue, rubbish management external to the venue and noise management external to the venue, including the adjacent seating area.

    (C). Local police to enforce the new 10km per hour vehicular speed limit in the street. Uber drivers, Taxis etc are already exceeding this limit, regardless of the fact the recent street renovation makes this a predominately pedestrian roadway.

    I am all for development and progress but this application does everything for the applicant and does nothing for residents other than increase post venue closing noise, rubbish and vehicle traffic in a predominantly pedestrian precinct.

  3. Andrea Mcghee commented

    Any submissions previously rejected should undergo a longer objection period, especially over the holiday season.

    In addition, the council should provide residents with an update as to how the initial concerns have subsequently been addressed in order for it now to be reconsidered and not outright you objected on the same grounds.

  4. Lisa H commented

    I agree with all previous comments

  5. Jonna Phillips commented

    I m the owner of the property on Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach.
    I OBJECT to this DA on the basis that the proposed modifications will negatively impact my property to a significant degree and, therefore, should not be permitted under section 4.55 of the relevant legislation. The negative impacts include:
    ● Transformation of a restaurant business into a bar ;
    ● Transformation of the amenity of existing Residential and Public Recreation land into incompatible commercial use;
    ● Unfair infringement on the interests of contributing, rate-paying residents in favour of a private business;
    ● Increase in noise levels, loitering and other disturbances;
    ● Increase in alcohol consumption, intoxication and other antisocial behaviour;
    ● Increase in smoking in public areas;
    ● Increase in traffic congestion along Notts Avenue;
    ● Patrons’ cars parked across residents’ garages;
    ● Increase in littering and rubbish along Notts Avenue and coastal land;
    ● View loss and negative impacts of vergola and toilet block construction;
    ● Real Estate values devaluation;
    ● Negative impact of operations on streetscape, Public Recreation land and abbutting Environment Conservation area comprising the significant coastal landscape of Bondi Beach;
    ● Poor management by Dining Room staff of the impact of operations on neighbouring residents and the physical landscape; and
    ● Inadequate public notification of proposal

    While the applicant will claim that they can mitigate the aforementioned in reality they will not. An example of this includes the fact that in October 2020 an intoxicated patron leaving Icebergs Restaurant assaulted a member of the Notts Avenue community while the Icebergs Restaurant security guard watched and did nothing. It was clearly captured on CCTV and by video. The matter will now come before the courts in early 2021.

    The council should consider the residents and the community and the company running this establishment and deny this application.

    Needless to say the lack of community engagement and fact the applicant deliberately submitted this application days before Christmas speaks to the untoward nature of both the establishment and its representatives. If the applicant was genuine in their desire to be a first class venue then they would have addressed the previous concerns both with the community and in this second application

    I support local community development, like the Notts Avenue upgrade but believe this DA goes above and beyond what is reasonable in a residential area.

  6. Spencer Young commented

    I own a significant residential property in Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach.

    This application is a re-submission of an almost identical application early this year that attracted a material number of worthy objections and was subsequently withdrawn by the applicant. The fact that it has now been resubmitted (without material change or any community consultation) just days before Christmas raises serious concerns as to the suitability of the Applicant to operate an Alcohol centric business within a residential precinct.

    I OBJECT to this DA on the basis that the proposed modifications will negatively impact my property to a significant degree and, therefore, should not be permitted under section 4.55 of the relevant legislation.

    The negative impacts include:

    ● Transformation of a restaurant business into a bar ;
    ● Transformation of the amenity of existing Residential and Public Recreation land into incompatible commercial use;
    ● Unfair infringement on the interests of contributing, rate-paying residents in favour of a private business;
    ● Increase in noise levels, loitering and other disturbances;
    ● Increase in alcohol consumption, intoxication and other antisocial behaviour;
    ● Increase in smoking in public areas;
    ● Increase in traffic congestion along Notts Avenue;
    ● Patrons’ cars parked across residents’ garages;
    ● Increase in littering and rubbish along Notts Avenue and coastal land;
    ● Real Estate values devaluation;
    ● Negative impact of operations on streetscape, Public Recreation land and abbutting Environment Conservation area comprising the significant coastal landscape of Bondi Beach;
    ● Poor management by Dining Room staff of the impact of operations on neighbouring residents and the physical landscape; and
    ● Inadequate public notification of proposal

    I trust Council will re-visit the objections submitted along with the previous Application to ensure the entire residential community has been able to have their say and counter this deliberate process to submit the application over the Christmas period.

  7. Spencer Young commented

    The Applicant hints in their application that they would engage private security for patron management if the Council deemed it necessary. One resident in their objection even suggested this might be an acceptable requirement of a Council approval to resolve the issues of noise, traffic, parking across resident garages, littering and drunken patron loitering, all of which are common concerns among residents.

    However, private security are not Police and as such they have no authority over a venue patron once that patron steps outside the venue and it is patron behavior outside the venue which concerns the streets residents. Hence private security will NOT resolve the issues concerning residents.

    The venue has a long history of expelling drunken patrons onto the street (particularly at closing) and allowing them to loiter and exhibit unsociable behavior to both residents and passing pedestrians. The venue also has a long history of poor traffic management with patrons parking across local resident garages. One must question the suitability of the applicant to hold a bar license in a pedestrian and residential prescient.

  8. Simon Brownhill commented

    Dear Council

    The proposed bar, proposed vergola and toilets and other proposals to escalate operations sought under this DA should be rejected as they are not substantially the same as the existing consent: The modifications would transform the primary use of the premises from restaurant to a bar and obliterate the appropriate planning controls and prohibitions on construction and operations that serve to protect the amenity of surrounding land and the special character of the place.
    Existing operations of the Dining Room already represent a reasonable compromise from neighbouring residents and the surrounding land to the commercial interests of the comparatively few business owners of the business. To allow the proposal would be to permit an further unjustifiable erosion of the interests of residents and the surrounding landscape. The proposed bar, vergola and further escalation of operations is incompatible with the surrounding Residential, Public and Environment Protection land with grounds including:

    1. Increased traffic from Icebergs restaurants, without a traffic management plan to manage the increased patronage;

    2. Increased intoxication of which Icebergs Restaurant continues to disregard their duty of care. The have been a number of assaults due to Icebergs patrons. In fact , Icebergs Restaurant has a long history of selling alcohol then streeting it’s drunken clients, at the complete disregard of the community and residents of Notts Avenue. This proposal will only increase the intoxication as the hours our increased;

    3. No designated zone for taxi and Uber drivers who instead park across Notts Avenue residents garages. Both council and Icebergs have been direlect of their duties in creating a designated ‘pick up/drop off ‘ zone for patrons;

    4. Increased smoking and rubbish from cigarettes from Icebergs Restaurant patrons littering the street and preventing the quiet enjoyment of residents. To date there is no designated smoking area and instead patrons find shelter within resident garage alcoves causing littering and smoke pollution;

    5. Substantial view loss of ocean from many of the apartments as the pergola area becomes enclosed. It had been a calculating and abusive strategy for Icebergs Restaurant to to create ‘view loss creep’ from the intitial umbrellas to the proposed enclosed area;

    6. Noise pollution, not only from the music and human noise from the proposed bar but from the street when intoxicated patrons depart at late hours. The noise report is inadequate in its scope and breadth and fails to adequately address street noise. Similarly Icebergs has a history of increasing music and noise pollution beyond its licence as can be evidenced by noise complaints logged at the Bondi Police Station over the last 12 months. I implore council to do its due diligence here.

    Icebergs Restaurant, in its current form, provides an fair service to the community in terms of food and dinning experience. There is no merit in increasing the hours of operation or amenity as it will have a direct and detrimental impact on the local community of Notts Avenue of which the downside can not be mitigated through management control measures.

    Furthermore, full weight should be given to the lack of community engagement, the disregard of the thoughful objections in the last submission and unscrupulous way that Icebergs Restaurant acted in bad faith to lodge this application a few days before Christmas. Shame on you.

  9. Sandra Darroch commented

    FROM: SANDRA DARROCH
    Secretary, Owners’ Corporation, 2-4 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach
    & Convenor, Notts Ave Action Group

    We, residents of 2-4 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach, strongly protest against allowing the Icebergs’ Club to extend its restaurant opening hours to 10 pm.
    Waverley Council has done an excellent job upgrading Notts Avenue, but allowing the restaurant to stay open until 10pm will undo much of the Council’s achievements.
    As long-time residents of Notts Avenue, we well remember the bad old days when the late closing hours of the restaurant and the Club caused loud noise and trouble from patrons pouring up the street, car doors banging, drunken people falling over in the street, raucous singing, blocking of our car park entrances, and other problems. Employing a private security company to police all such activities all the way up to Campbell Parade is not feasible.
    We are happy that many hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of people will use Notts Avenue, particularly when tourism resumes after the Pandemic ends. But that is in the daytime. We actually live here, and we pay rates.
    It is our home, and we deserve to have a little peace and quiet at night.

    Sandra Darroch

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