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1 July, 2016


The Wayside Chapel officially expands to Bondi Beach


The Wayside Chapel is thrilled to announce its expansion into the eastern suburbs, with the Chapel by the Sea in Bondi Beach officially coming under the management of The Wayside Chapel from 1 July 2016 to form one strong organisation serving the community in multiple locations.

Following an interim 12-month arrangement, The Sydney Presbytery of the Uniting Church of Australia (UCA) will officially grant The Wayside Chapel of Kings Cross all responsibility for the governance and management of Bondi’s Chapel by the Sea and its related operations. This includes the Community Services Centre at Norman Andrew’s House, and the North Bondi Op Shop, as well as the programs, worshipping communities and the resources that form part of the Chapel by the Sea.

Reverend Graham Long, Minister and CEO of the Wayside Chapel, and Reverend Graham Anson, Minister of Chapel by the Sea, welcome this opportunity to work together and are looking forward to a stronger future for the broader community.

Rev Graham Long said, “With the expansion into Bondi Beach, The Wayside Chapel will further spread its mission of creating community with no ‘us and them’ and build on the legacy of the Chapel by the Sea to address issues affecting the Bondi community, including social isolation, mental health, addiction and homelessness. There is much work ahead for us, but we look forward to investing energy, resources and passion into the Bondi community.”

The first priority following the announcement will be a $100,000 upgrade of the facilities at Norman Andrew’s House, followed by a $630,000 redevelopment of the Chapel by the Sea to transform the site into a beacon for the community with a café, chapel, performance area, co-working space and two serviced holiday apartments

Rev Graham Anson said the union made sense and would breathe life into the community.

“We are working with the strengths of our community to create a place where people can find support and make a contribution. The upgrade of Norman Andrew’s House is long overdue and will ensure that Bondi’s most vulnerable residents can access adequate support in a safe environment.”

“Our plans to rejuvenate the Chapel by the Sea site will benefit everyone in the area. Along with creating a flourishing community hub, 100% of the profits from the social enterprises planned for the redeveloped site will go back into programs that support some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people in the area.”

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For further media information, contact Eimear Elkington, Wayside’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator, on 0497 841 716 or email

About The Wayside Chapel
The Wayside Chapel has provided unconditional love, care and support for people on and around the streets of Kings Cross since 1964. Today, under the banner of ‘Love over Hate’, Wayside runs a community services centre, youth space and outreach service, mental health program, community café, and Aboriginal project. All programs are designed to ensure that the most marginalised members of our community have access to essential health, welfare, social and recreational services, as well as a judgment-free place where people are welcome just to ‘be’.


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