December 2019

Decision on Woolworths supermarket DA deferred

The people of Bronte have yet again stared down powerful interests with the Waverley Local Planning Panel deferring their decision on the Woolworths Bronte RSL DA. A very good result for us considering the council report recommended approval.

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We have always supported a complying redevelopment of the site and we continue to do so. We believe that the Woolworths application is contrary to the objectives for the B1 zoning of the site. We support our local businesses who will be adversely effected by this DA. We support the L&E Court ruling that approved 3 smaller commercial tenancies for the site. We do not support this DA.

Our objection letter is here: Objection Letter


Scaffolding collapse at Bronte RSL site

On the night of 7 September 2018 there was a major collapse of scaffolding at the RSL site. Scaffolding at the site collapsed onto the residential apartment building to the east of the site. There were no injuries reported but the residential apartment building suffered significant damage.

See 7 News Sydney story here

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24 October 2017 - The Land & Environment Court refuses the 2016 Bronte RSL DA

A victory for local democracy! 5 years to the day after we formed Save Bronte, the Court has vindicated our opposition to overdevelopment in our neighbourhood.

Read the SMH article here

Read the Wentworth Courier article here

Listen to the Wendy Harmer ABC Radio interview here

L&E Court hearing 4 Oct 2017

See the Channel 10 news story here

Listen to the Wendy Harmer ABC Radio interview here

Read the Wentworth Courier story here

SMH report on the Bronte RSL story here

The new bigger taller non-complying DA (DA-571/2016)

On 23 December 2016 new developer Danny Avidan and Rafi Assouline lodged 2 new planning applications for the Bronte RSL site that will have a huge impact on our neighbourhood and take us back to the days of 2012. So whilst you were planning Christmas and/or holidays with family and friends they were planning to make even more money with a new Bronte RSL DA.

Despite publicly promising to build only the approved 2015 DA with its 21 apartments, Danny and Rafi put in a  new DA to build an extra storey, 7 extra apartments and a ‘commercial space’ in Chesterfield Lane.

If this passes and zoning limits are breached, other large scale developments can and will follow. The unique character of Bronte will be lost.

Detailed information here

Stay tuned to our Facebook page here and Twitter feed here.


September 2016: Developer WLB gone! Bronte RSL site sold to the RDA Property Group run by Danny Avidan.

see the AFR story here

Wentworth Courier story here

December 2015: Non-complying Bronte RSL DA approved

Waverley Development Assessment Panel gave approval to the non-complying Bronte RSL DA on Wednesday 16th December.

The amended Bronte RSL DA (DA 264/2015) has been given deferred commencement approval by the WDAP. The consent was given despite blatant breaches of the strategically determined planning controls for the site. Read our media release here

There is more to this DA than meets the eye. Our analysis shows that the approved building is:

  • Too Big
  • Too Tall
  • Too Close
  • Too Tricky

Read why here


March 2015: A victory for our community

On 11 March 2015 the Head of the Department of Planning & Environment dismissed the proposed developer-written planning controls for the Bronte RSL site.

Read the Department’s letter here

Wentworth Courier story here

Save Bronte media release here


Listen here to Alan Jones talking with Save Bronte’s Stephen Lightfoot about democracy and the Bronte RSL: 2GB audio

Save Bronte Scales of Justice – The Movie



The WLB Development Application 2013

A massive development application was lodged in March 2013 to turn the existing Bronte RSL site at 113 Macpherson Street, Bronte into a high-rise building with a shopping mall below.

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After the DA was refused by the JRPP due to its size and height, the developer requested planning control changes (planning proposal) that would have allowed this proposal to go through and would have changed Bronte forever. What is currently designated as a Neighbourhood Centre would have turned into a major shopping strip, with serious implications for traffic, congestion and small-scale local businesses. The planning proposal was refused by Waverley Council and eventually the Department of Planning in March 2015.

For more information on the developer, the RSL and the proposed development, click here to view a report on the ABC’s 7.30.

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