Council has been supporting community based organisations for many years, as they provide important services to our community - and we at Waverley Council value the work they do. We often deliver programs and activities in close partnership with our community groups, as by supporting them, Council can assist in meeting the diverse needs of our residents through subsidies, grants and other in-kind support.

However most tenancies are based on historical agreements and over time this has resulted in inconsistent and potentially inequitable arrangements.

Council owns several facilities that are used for different purposes, including those leased to a range of community organisations, and acknowledges that the demand for affordable premises in the Eastern Suburbs is high and has therefore developed a policy framework to ensure fair and accountable management of rental properties.

This policy will guide decisions on the selection of tenants when properties become available and level of subsidy based on clear criteria.

In summary, this Community Tenancy Policy aims to:

  • maximize community benefit arising from the use of its assets (including rental properties)
  • ensure they are responsibly managed in a transparent manner
  • establish who may be eligible to use those assets, and
  • establish an equitable and fair method of calculating rent.

Click here to download the Draft Community Tenancy Policy.

We are currently encouraging residents and community groups to read and comment on the draft policy for Council to consider before making a final decision to adopt the policy.

How can I comment?

You can submit your comments by 5pm on Wednesday, 5 February 2014 in the following ways:

  • via email to
  • in writing to Annette Trubenbach, Community Planner, Waverley Council, PO Box 9, Bondi Junction NSW 1355

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.