An ambitious entrepreneur has revealed on social media how his proposed European-style beach club would look on the sands of Bondi Beach.
Janek Gazecki, the man behind the controversial Amalfi Beach Club, lodged a proposal with Waverley Council last year to erect luxury cabanas roped off from the public on Bondi Beach, in Sydney’s ritzy eastern suburbs.
While the development application is still yet to be approved, Gazecki, who also founded the popular Urban Polo series, has taken to Facebook to offer a teaser of how the venue would appear on the iconic stretch of sand.
‘We are proud to reveal our Amalfi Beach Club bar design, as a teaser for the DA lodgement,’ he posted on Friday.
How the Amalfi Beach Club would appear on Bondi Beach – if the controversial development application is approved by Waverley Council
Mr Gazecki was said to be inspired by the paid-entry clubs along Italy’s picturesque Amalfi Coast (stock image)
Ambitious entrepreneur Janek Gazecki (pictured left) wants Bondi Beach to have a European feel
‘To ensure Bondi Beach has the best Beach Club in the country, we have spared no expense in retaining a top Production Designer.
‘The designer in question has previously won Sculpture by the Sea and designed sets for none other than Star Wars, Cirque du Soleil and the 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, among other impressive achievements.
‘The Mediterranean design celebrates the heritage of Bondi Beach by paying tribute to our very own Pavilion, and is also inspired by inter-war Italian architecture, while complimenting the sandstone hues of Bondi’s headlands.’
Gazecki’s plan would see two per cent of the beach near Roscoe Street transformed to serve food and cocktails to ‘high net worth’ customers – who would pay $80 for a two-hour slot.
He was said to be inspired by the paid-entry clubs along Italy’s picturesque Amalfi Coast.
His ‘vision’ has not been welcomed by large sections of the Bondi community, with a change.org petition to ‘Stop Amalfi Beach Club taking over space on Bondi Beach for Financial Gain‘ gathering more than 34,000 signatures.
On the Bondi Local Loop Facebook group, Gazecki’s DA lodgement also attracted plenty of criticism.
‘S**t idea. Leave Bondi Beach as it is,’ one community member wrote.
‘Yea…nahh,’ another said.
A third wrote: ‘I am definitely against this. The beach should be all inclusive. Instead of setting it for profitable gain to the elite, why not give back to the community and provide mobi-mats for people with disabilities, wheelchairs and walking aids.
‘Give the public beach back to the people without any cost.’
Waverley Council rejected Gazecki’s initial proposal on the grounds they do not support events on the sand during peak season over summer and the fact the beach is an alcohol free zone.
The Council is yet to confirm when it will make a decision on the latest proposal.
A number of locals are against the idea, with a petition to ‘ Stop Amalfi Beach Club taking over space on Bondi Beach for Financial Gain’ gathering more than 34,000 signatures (stock image)
Bondi Iceburgs has long been a popular attraction for tourists and locals in Sydney’s east (stock image)