The Boot Factory project is under way!

The Boot Factory has now been approved for development as an innovative community space in Bondi Junction.

The space, connected to the Mill Hill community centre and next to Waverley Library, was originally an industrial building and has been vacant since 2007.

The DA is for restoration, an interior fit-out, lift access, and improvement of the courtyard in front.

Image source: Waverley Council

“Our intention is to return the Boot Factory to a community and Council building that will include a knowledge and innovation hub where we can nurture ideas to further transform Waverley into a ‘smart city’ of the future.

“We are now one step closer to fulfilling this vision for the Boot Factory, which over the years, has served as a base for community services and organisations including the Inventors Association of Australia. For it to be transformed into a hub for innovation once more is exciting, said Wavërley Mayor Paula Masselos.

This is great news for innovation in Bondi, but we will have to be patient: the building works will only be completed in October 2021.


  1. Finally! I had a nasty feeling they were waiting for it to be beyond repair so they could knock it down. Not much old stuff left in BJ so let’s hang on to what’s left.

    1. The new mayor Paula Masselos was responsible before this before becoming mayor and pushed this hard. It is heritage so the plans were challenging. I hope that whoever is in power when it opens will do the job properly, there’s a lot of potential from this.

  2. Looks like there has been some action on this recently!

    “Project update – June 2023
    On 30 June 2023, Council signed a contract with Schiavello Constructions (NSW) Pty Ltd who were successful in their submission to complete works for the Boot Factory and Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club projects.

    Schiavello will be on site from Monday 3 July, commencing detailed site clean-ups and an establishment period.

    We will update this page with the approximate project completion time as soon as it is known.”

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