Title: Bondi Buzz
Celebrate 10 years of Bondi Winter Magic as Bondi is set to sparkle even brighter in 2019!
Bondi will once again be transformed into Sydney’s winter playground by the sea at Bondi Winter Magic!
Bondi Winter Magic has become a winter tradition for locals and visitors alike.
Go for a twirl around Sydney’s most unique ice skating rink by the ocean or check out the spectacular view from our 22 metre ferris wheel, Bondi Vista.
The Bondi Winter Magic program also includes a magical blend of art and culture, the On The Streets series facilitated by the Bondi and Districts Chamber of Commerce. The sparkling program also includes a stroll through Bondi’s history with Waverley Councils Bondi History Walks.
From 9 – 20 July, Bondi Pavilion will also be home to Bondi Feast, a fringe-style winter festival, celebrating the best in home-grown theatre, comedy, cabaret and circus!
Title: Bondi Buzz
Description: Tony Maguire is one of the best and most experienced spruikers in Sydney. “Spruiking is a very effective way of communicating some urgency and excitement about what might otherwise be just another sale,” says Eastern Suburbs-based Tony. “With increasing competition online, bricks and mortar retailers need to consider every promotional avenue available and spruiking is a proven way of boosting sales.” Spruiking can be traced back to the old-fashioned fairground "barkers" who used to urge people to spend money at their stalls and side-shows. In fact, it goes back way beyond that, to the first merchant who ever stood outside his or her shop in some Middle Eastern bazaar and urged passers-by to check out the amazing wares inside. "You need to keep up a rapid-fire, race caller-like tempo," Tony says. "If you falter, it's like a musician going out of time, you lose the groove and it can take a while to pick it up again." He says it's not a good idea to directly engage with passing shoppers because some people are resent being singled out by someone with a microphone. "I learned this very early in my career when I was spruiking outside a mobile phone shop and a man walked past who looked very much like the latter-day Sean Connery – bald head, trimmed grey beard, large stature. So I made the mistake of saying, "I wonder how much Sean Connery pays for his phone each month? "Next thing I found myself backed up against a plate glass window as the Connery lookalike, who as I've mentioned was large in stature, lowered his face to within an inch or two of mine and told me, in a short, sharp sentence mainly consisting of four-letter words, what he thought of me. "Fortunately, the Sean doppelganger left it at that, but the incident taught to respect peoples' dignity and resist the urge to be a wise-ass." Check out Tony's 50 second spruiking video, shot at Westfield Bondi Junction, on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnpuo1i85F0
Publish Date: 25-06-19
Description: A new electric vehicle charging station at Bondi is heralding in a new beach experience – as you recline on the sand soaking up the UV, your car can be charging on the promenade. The new facility was launched by Waverley Mayor John Wakefield, who said: “We deliberately put it in a prime spot, or as prime as you can make it.” It’s all about “destination charging,” according to Anthony Weinberg, Regional Environment Program Coordinator at Waverley, Woollahra and Randwick Councils. “It’s for people who want to spend a couple of hours somewhere like the beach or shopping centre,” said Mr Weinberg at the launch. The Bondi charging station is one of a network at being rolled out in the eastern suburbs by Waverley, Woollahra and Randwick Councils. Of the three councils, Randwick is the leader in meeting electric vehicle charging needs and Mayor Wakefield said it had more stations than Woollahra and Waverley combined. But few people could be more passionate than Mayor Wakefield about the benefits of electric vehicles against the backdrop of climate change. “The debate has been won,” he said. “The population as a whole accepts the notion of climate change.” Mayor Wakefield believes the uptake of electric vehicles will be greater than is being currently predicted, saying the forecast of 50 per cent by 2040 was “very conservative.”
Publish Date: 24-09-19
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