132 Warners Avenue Bondi Beach NSW 2026

New footpath dining permit for The Depot.

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 4 months ago. It was received by them about 12 hours earlier.

(Source: Waverley Council, reference FPS-20/2021)

42 Comments

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  1. Jack Lowenstein commented

    Great idea. Give life to the street and improves the economic viability of the kind of business our area needs.

  2. Vicki Riddy commented

    This section of Warner’s Ave already has 3 cafes with outdoor seating [one in the process of being upgraded to a bistro-The Good One). There are queues for for takeaway coffee, people waiting around with dogs, making it difficult to walk on the footpath. I’m often walking on the road because of the congestion on the footpath.

    This will make 4 cafes on the corners (Ramsgate and Warner’s Aves) with outdoor seating; the roads are busy.

    This corner is being loved to death by food providers. Please no more outdoor seating.

  3. Sonya commented

    Hello
    I agree with the above statement and also disagree with the proposal.

  4. Sonya commented

    Hello
    I agree with the above statement and also disagree with the proposal.

  5. John Rally commented

    Vicki Riddy, there are only 2 cafes on the corner. Good one closed down 4 months ago and one side of the street has been empty of commercial activity for that time. I am in support of this development and think it’s a great asset to the community and streetscape. If you are having issue with outside dinning you should really approach council rangers department. Here is their number for your reference 0414 884 393

  6. William Hardy commented

    Breathing life into this corner is an exciting prospective for all Bondi locals. This family ran business has supported our Bondi Community for over 15 years now. I'm in favor of the Depots outside dinning plan especially since the footpath is so large allowing plenty of space for prams and families alike.
    I'd also like to point out to both Vicky and Sonya there is only two cafes as Good one has closed months ago.

  7. Jeff Ling commented

    I live upstairs from the proposed outside dining and I love this idea. There is only the 2 cafes on that block and Raw bar with a Vietnamese place going in to the new good one spot, so 2 cafes and 2 restaurants and we love them all. The building is a great spot for the local community to gather and make a hub. My only comments are the street signs could move allowing more ability to move past the southern side of the building down Warner’s avenue but this isn’t in relation to this DA just for RMS to think about with council. With relation to the outside dining it’s good it’s a lower Risk option for people with all the covid breakouts let’s allow this one for sure.

  8. Mark Mathew commented

    I'm super excited to see this corner grow into a Bondi community hub like it once used to be when it was Jackies Bar. Im in favor of this proposal and to see the Depot family thrive and continue to support our community. With such a large footptah, established local operator I see no reason for this not to be approved.

  9. Evan Sheer commented

    All outdoor seating In our community should seriously considered during our COVID-19 pandemic. An important part of social distancing is making outside spaces available for us to use more easily.

    The Depot owners have given so much to the community for 15 years and they will only continue to do so with this proposal.
    This walkway is wide and deserves some life given to it! Thanks.

  10. Claire Stephenson commented

    Hi, I’m a mother of two young kids who go to school in the area. I am disturbed by the prospect of added seating as this corner here can be really dangerous as it is so close the main road, my kids walk past this cafe on their way home and have had some near misses already with the amount of people that try to cross through there already. I think outdoor seating would clutter the pathways way too much especially nowadays with social distancing I wouldn’t want my or any other children having to negotiate walking through or god forbid around on the road when walking home!!

  11. Charles Mitchell commented

    Despite being a local of Bondi, and an occasional diner at The Depot, I am strongly opposed to the outdoor seating.

    The intent to pollute the area with outdoor seating only acts as a conduit to encourage people (importantly our children i.e. the most vulnerable) to bypass on the road. With Bondi Beach Public School in close proximity to the cafe, makes this point this ever so validating.

    Additionally, our streets are already so busy (as aforementioned by Vicky). Creating an ad hoc clutter to the footpath will contribute to the negative activity and confusion, particularly for the younger generation.

    I do wish The Depot luck with their venture, however being a parent who has witnessed multiple scares of children in similar situations at the cost of al fresco dining, I cannot support this application. While I understand this may be integral to the businesses survival, as a community we must evaluate its importance.

  12. Tobi Wilkinson commented

    The footpath around this cafe is very deep to accommodate seating and walking. I walk past this area every day as I have a child at Bondi Beach Public School. I’ve never in 10 years of taking my children to the school seen anyone forced onto the road when Good One had their outdoor seating. The precedent from Good One shows that such outdoor seating not only adds colour and vibrancy to the area but also in no way impedes foot traffic. I fully support this application for outdoor seating.

  13. Miranda Jones commented

    Hello, I'm in support of this DA as the footpath is easily large enough to support outside dining. Cars are always parked on the street so there is no reason children would easily bi-pass onto the road.

    There's aren't enough cafe options with alfresco dining in the area and it doesn't seem in the spirit of the community to allow some to have outside dining, but not the others. With Covid and the 4 square meter rule, we should be encouraging outside dining not hindering it.

    I'm a mother of two - Harry's and Raw Bar both have outside dining and this has never posed an issue when walking past with my double pram.

  14. David Aviv commented

    This is an ideal position for outdoor dining. Would be in total support of this.
    Well done Depot.

  15. Rob Keldoulis commented

    I have studied the attached seating plan and site location. It leads me to question the authenticity of the four objectors, being [names redacted by admin] as being mere mischief makers.

    The footpath is 4.6m deep along Wairoa Ave and 4.2m along Warner’s Ave. On the corner where children and parents cross the road it is almost 7m deep. The seating request is for a modest single row of tables that lie adjacent to the building, not double seating that would require pedestrian access through tables on either side. I must question the claims made that people have been forced onto the road as this is next to impossible.

    A row of parked cars lie alongside the footpath so this would mean that [name redacted by admin], who claims to have been forced onto the road, had to actually leave the footpath, thread her way between two parked cars and walk out onto the road and along the marked cycle track. I find this claim a tad fanciful.

    I’m also dubious as to Charles being a genuine Depot diner. Our “vulnerable children” do not bypass on the road. If anything, kids love to thread their way through crowds, and with more than 2 clear metres all around (much more in some places), prams will not be impeded (unless someone is breeding whopper children). I’m sorry but I also struggle to understand Claire’s complaint that her children have had “some near misses” - I’m not sure what that even means.

    Being a lifetime local, I’ve experienced Jackie’s in this location, Ploy Thai when it had outdoor seating, Good One with outdoor seating and of course our beloved Harry’s and Raw Bar across the road where the footpath is narrower and the outdoor seating has never driven parents or rampaging hordes of children to scatter across the road.

    The request seems very modest for the size of the venue, the operating hours are to a quite reasonable 10pm, it will compliment the existing businesses and bring much needed life to the area. I sit on the school’s P&C committee and the only feedback I’ve heard from the parent community is excitement at the prospect of Depot opening on this location. I wholeheartedly support this DA.

  16. Debbie Ditchfield commented

    With all the issues around Covid, it makes sense for cafes to have outdoor seating to benefit both staff and customers. Sydney is the perfect climate for outdoor seating and it creates a lovely friendly street vibe - I am sure it will make it easier for The Depot to weather the intermittent closures caused by Covid outbreaks with some outdoor seating for their customers. So many great cafes and small businesses have already closed their doors permanently, so I definitely support this relatively modest application.

  17. robbie mayer commented

    with the success of the original depot and the popup the new site at warners ave will bring more business to all the cafe's and business's ,and make it a foodies precinct
    ,the inclusion of the textbook bakery will only add to the experience , any one that has visted textbook Alexandria will agree , im all in support of outdoor dining , such a great spot , all the other nearby cafe's offer it , so should the depot !

  18. David Germane commented

    Full support this proposal

  19. Steve Haritos commented

    I have studied the attached seating plan and site location and I strongly agree with the depot outside seating proposal.

    The seating request is for a modest single row of tables that lie adjacent to the building.

    I am a daily patron of the area and the Depot for over 15 years, they are a responsible and respected small family business and provide the best hospitality atmosphere in the area. I wholeheartedly and fully support this DA application for outdoor seating.

  20. Tim Hinrichs commented

    Strongly in support of this proposal, that site has a very wide footpath, minimal noise transmission to the neighbourhood and creates a great outdoor dining option to choices across the street.

  21. Michael Thornber commented

    In these times of Covid, which we have no idea when it is going to end and when our Vaccination rates are so low, outside dining is essential for the safety of the Community and for the operation of a business. Looking at the site and the seating plan there appears to be adequate space for passing pedestrian traffic as long as the owners are compliant with the regulations. I am sure the Council rangers will ensure this compliance.

  22. Frank Liebeskind commented

    Outdoor dining is an integral part of Bondi Beach culture, summer or winter.
    The footpath is wide, and as long as waiting patrons don't block the footpath (as in front of Lox) outdoor dining is great, and in the current risk environment safer than indoor only dining.
    I loved Jackie's and the thai restaurants that were once there, modern times gives us Depot and a Vietnamese eatery, can't wait :)

  23. Samantha Hyde commented

    As a local resident who drives through the intersection of Warners Avenue and Wairoa Avenue daily, I have experienced many near collisions with other drivers, navigating the busy intersection. Already congested due to traffic from school pick up and drop offs, further visual obstacles impairing drivers from seeing approaching traffic is only going to contribute to the problem. Allowing outdoor seating along this intersection is asking for an accident to happen.

  24. Sasha P. Kensington commented

    This walk way is already too busy! Please do not approve any more seating. I enjoy the Depot but more people being outside, on this already busy road is ridiculous.

  25. Lesley Goh commented

    There are already too many cafes/restaurants in this section of street with outdoor seating. Adults, kids and dogs line the streets already make it impossible to get past without walking onto the road. I wish The Depot well, but am against the proposal.

  26. Danielle Gambino commented

    Cafes and restaurants (including the Depot) are some of the best things about living in Bondi, but this particular outdoor area is already SATURATED with traffic. I'm against this proposal because I simply already find this area too busy at the best of times.

  27. Tony Ballar commented

    This spot is too busy on the footpath and road already!!! DO NOT PUT MORE SEATING OUT THERE!

  28. Jimmy McKenzie commented

    The specific corner in question is already so crowded on the foot path and surrounding area; it is particularly bad in the mornings. This is ignoring the fact the road is bumper to bumper most hours of the day, making it quite dangerous for the young families who are walking. I feel as if more seating makes this spot even more dangerous and impractical.

  29. Ross Delaney commented

    I full support this very modest application for footpath seating- just a single row on a very wide footpath.
    I’ve been a loyal customer for 8 years .
    They have a great team which comes from respectful relationships at work and this carries through to the great friendly personal service. This is an exceptional family and team and their modest seating request. I can not think of a business that would manage outdoor seating more responsibly and if I had children at the school I would feel reassured to know that people of this caliber owned a business like this nearby.
    Sincerely
    Ross Delaney

  30. Neil Guerrero commented

    More outdoor seating?! This spot is already chaotic enough! As a lot of concerned people have mentioned in this thread, the biggest issue here is creating more obstacles for pedestrians and our children at this already busy intersection. My kids attend Bondi Beach Public School which is in close proximity to the cafe and I can't support plans that put my kids in further danger. Please keep our sidewalks clear and safe!

  31. Phil Suriano commented

    Cafes and restaurants make up some of the unique vibe of living in Bondi. On reviewing the application it appears to be modest request for footpath seating, with only a single row of seating. In addition, the footpath on Wairoa Avenue is wider than average so I feel that both cafe patrons and pedestrians can share the path.
    I support the application.

  32. Piran Trethewey commented

    If the issue is about 'space', why not use the on-street parking area?

    Outdoor dining and walking are 2 great Bondi activities; however, those against this proposal have (I believe justifiably) concerns about the pressure outdoor dining has on the footpath space. If I was in Council I would support this proposal by banning the on-street parking adjacent to the business and 'rent' that space to the business for outdoor dining whilst maintaining to the greatest extent the footpath for walking. Removal of about 4 spaces fronting the business could provide about 60m2 of space for dining, bicycle/scooter/stroller parking, dog facilities, etc whilst maintaining a nice clear wide footpath for pedestrians, children on bicycles/scooters, parents with strollers.

    Presumably the business would rather outdoor dining to the loss of any drive by trade and Council would recover any lost parking income with the rent. Local residents might of course have concerns but in an area where space is in such high demand, the active use of space for dining and walking must surely trump the redundant use of space for the storage of a vehicle.

    Indeed, remove the parking spaces opposite fronting Harry's and make this section of Wairoa Ave a truly active space, a destination as opposed to a corridor, hopefully reducing car speeds and improving the environment for all that use and or walk through the area.

  33. Evan Sheer commented

    All outdoor seating In our community should seriously considered during our COVID-19 pandemic. An important part of social distancing is making outside spaces available for us to use more easily.

    The Depot owners have given so much to the community for 15 years and they will only continue to do so with this proposal.
    This walkway is wide and deserves some life given to it! Thanks.

  34. Junia Kerr commented

    I really would love to see outside tables for dining at Depot Warners Ave as this is the exact culture Bondi is built upon - locals and visitors being able to sit out and enjoy the view of Bondi Beach as well as chat and enjoy being part of our great community. Depot have built their business on this basis of strong community focus and support and they deserve it back so they can thrive and succeed. Junia Kerr owner Sage Beauty

  35. David Wickstrom commented

    I’m surprised this is even being debated. There is ample space on this ugly expanse of concrete for both pedestrians and diners (as the drawings show). Let Depot bring a bit of life to to this desolate slab. Maybe plant a tree also ;)

  36. Bryan Stanford commented

    Unless you are four foot wide, I’m unsure why some of the comments are saying there isn’t enough room to get through! Imagine sitting down outside depot on a Saturday afternoon having a single fin beer off tap. Approve this ASAP, I’m thirsty.

  37. Hudson Tandl commented

    Outdoor seating is a must, especially for such a busy area in the Bondi Beach community, especially for all those dog owners! It’s a must as well for the safety of Covid and restrictions in the state

  38. Donny Pope commented

    Having lived within three blocks of this corner of chaos with danger lurking at every step for 10 years, odds are I should have come into contact with one of the block heads making detracting commenting above, luckily I have not. Thus proving that the pavement is more than wide enough not only to freely pass along but also to actively avoid people. Approve the seating. Bondi needs these spaces, it's all about community - it might even help these people relax and join us for a quiet sundowner

  39. Rob Keldoulis commented

    I have studied the attached seating plan and site location. It leads me to question the authenticity of the four objectors, being Vicky, Sonia, Charles and Claire as being mere mischief makers.

    The footpath is 4.6m deep along Wairoa Ave and 4.2m along Warner’s Ave. On the corner where children and parents cross the road it is almost 7m deep. The seating request is for a modest single row of tables that lie adjacent to the building, not double seating that would require pedestrian access through tables on either side. I must question the claims made that people have been forced onto the road as this is next to impossible.

    A row of parked cars lie alongside the footpath so this would mean that “Vicky”, who claims to have been forced onto the road, had to actually leave the footpath, thread her way between two parked cars and walk out onto the road and along the marked cycle track. I find this claim a tad fanciful.

    I’m also dubious as to Charles being a genuine Depot diner. Our “vulnerable children” do not bypass on the road. If anything, kids love to thread their way through crowds, and with more than 2 clear metres all around (much more in some places), prams will not be impeded (unless someone is breeding whopper children). I’m sorry but I also struggle to understand Claire’s complaint that her children have had “some near misses” - I’m not sure what that even means.

    Being a lifetime local, I’ve experienced Jackie’s in this location, Ploy Thai when it had outdoor seating, Good One with outdoor seating and of course our beloved Harry’s and Raw Bar across the road where the footpath is narrower and the outdoor seating has never driven parents or rampaging hordes of children to scatter across the road.

    The request seems very modest for the size of the venue, the operating hours are to a quite reasonable 10pm, it will compliment the existing businesses and bring much needed life to the area. I sit on the school’s P&C committee and the only feedback I’ve heard from the parent community is excitement at the prospect of Depot opening on this location. I wholeheartedly support this DA.

  40. Ana Strophe commented

    I support the proposal for outdoor seating: it's only a singe row and more outdoor eating spaces are needed in Covid times. It will likely distribute the coffee queues rather than add to them, so that's a plus.

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