Mall Report: Cronulla is changing

It’s been a while between reports, what can I say I’ve been waiting for the 2 wine bars to open, yes that’s right not just Johnny of Bacchus fame has opened up a wine bar but also Carlita’s will soon have a new owner and name and we hear it’s all about wine.

So on this gorgeous Cronulla day I started at the north end of the Mall at Croydon Lane Wine & Tapas Bar which opened to the public on the weekend, the small wine bar movement has arrived in Cronulla… Hopefully Johnny will still let me in after I tried to gate crash the family/friend opening, oops.

The Japanese restaurant, Kanakawa which was next door to the wine bar has moved a little south into the Mall and its former premises is for lease. Popular Bass & Flinders Cafe is next door and has a muffin and coffee deal for $6.

I then headed to Simply Delicious and met Toby the owner of Cronulla’s latest cake shop, the special occasion cakes and cupcakes rival any of the Planet Cake creations, a welcome addition to the Cronulla food scene.

A quick stop at Apache Rose to check out their latest gift and homewares collection and then back into the Mall. Sadly it seems Holy Fire is gone? Does anyone know what happened?

Heading south the Mall is buzzing with activity on such a stunning day.

The artisan bakery next to Cronulla Arts Theatre must be close to opening but Ocean 7, the Harvey World Travel and Ray White’s shops sit empty.

A bit further south the Douglas Hanly Moir pathology office has opened, convenient but boring I move on to the Chocpad, Cronulla’s latest offering for the sweet tooths.

As usual the Best Little Bookshop in Town has a great quote for the day, Monro Park is full of picnickers, latte drinkers and toddlers and the gardens are immaculate as always.

Starting with a wine bar I end with a future wine bar, Carlita’s has been sold and we hear the new owner is opening a wine bar… Cronulla is changing.

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Cutting Edge Marketing

At Beach & Bay Realty we pride ourselves on being industry leaders in online media marketing. Providing cutting edge and innovative marketing options and using the very latest online technology and modern campaigns for our properties ensures we maximise the number of buyers who inspect your home, reduce time on the market and achieve higher purchase prices.

We work together with a specialist marketing team who are leaders in the industry for photography, video footage and virtual floor planning. We are also the first agency to have recently formed a partnership with “Coptercam” who are aerial photography specialists.

Whether we are shooting aerial footage of a beachfront property at Stanwell Park, an absolute waterfront located in Lilli Pilli, an acreage in Darkes Forest or even a penthouse apartment on Cronulla Beach, buyers are able to visualise the full aspect of the location they have desired to purchase in i.e. demonstrating the close proximity of the home to nearby beaches or the full boundary of the property it is all captured from skilled photographs taken 50m, 150m to 200m above the property.

Online marketing reaches buyers around the world by putting your property on the international stage. Buyers are inspecting your home 24/7 on the internet so it is important that your property stands out! Aerial shots are high impact, virtual floor plans are practical yet informative and professional photography presents the property at its highest potential and pulls at the emotional heart strings of purchasers.

Please give me a call on 0423 491 538 if you are thinking of selling and would like a cost effective marketing campaign that will maximise your sale price in today’s market. Monique Napper – Beach & Bay Realty.

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Cronulla Quick Census Facts

The statistics for Cronulla available from the Census 2011 show we have a population of 17,042 with just slightly more women than men (18). The median age for Cronulla-ites is 37 years old compared with for example Bondi which has an average of 33years. In Cronulla the weekly income is approx $1,455 and the median monthly mortgage is $2,275 and rent is $360 per week.

Compare this to Bondi for example, where they have a lower average age of 33years old, higher weekly income of $1,782 but they also have higher monthly mortgage repayments of $2708 and higher rent at $500 per week. Cronulla also has double the families to Bondi with 4498 family units compared with 2077 in Bondi but both surburbs have an average of 1.7 kids per family.

Maybe Channel Ten’s “The Shire” should have chosen to film at Bondi over family friendly Cronulla?

See how your suburb has changed between 2006 and 2011 here.

All stats courtesy of the Australian Bureau of Statistics

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Spotlight on local business: Dutchee Dutchee

Today we spoke to the girls from one of Cronulla’s successful fashion retailers Dutchee Dutchee, read on for all the inside info and what’s in store for Spring…

Dutchee Dutchee is now under new management. Tell us a little about yourself and your girls and what made you decide to take on a fashion business in Cronulla?
We have had the store for almost 2 years now.  We are 4 sisters and our Mum. So we share the business as well as have our other jobs. 2 of us are local Sutherland Shire high school teachers, 1 is a primary school teacher and another is a pre-school teacher. We have always had a passion for all things fashion and going into the business was something we always hoped to do.

Your store offers a range of different styles and tastes to suit everyone and anyone!  Which style would you say is the more popular/the best seller?
We have a range of styles and cater to all age groups.  Our personal style is quite eclectic, with a vintage, gypsy/hippy vibe and an urban twist.  We don’t like to think there are rules with fashion.  Fashion is all about wearing what you like and what you feel comfortable in.  Don’t be afraid to wear something different to what you usually wear. We love feathers and American Indian or Mexican style.

Entering into the last few weeks of winter, what styles, colours and trends do you think Spring 2012 will bring?
Spring is bringing pretty bright colours, pastels and florals. Coloured jeans are coming in, and feminine dresses, sequins and long necklaces are still popular.

Who is your favourite designer?
We love all our labels, that’s why we choose them. Wish. Mink Pink, Milk & Honey and Finders Keepers are some favourites.

How did you become involved with “Knit For The Homeless”?
‘Knit for the Homeless’ was an idea one of the sisters (Brigitte) came up with.  We did a winter wool window display and so the knitting blankets for the homeless concept stemmed from there.  We all love being creative and we also thought this would be a good way to bring some of the community together.  It has been very heart-warming to see the positive response from all the volunteer knitters! They are fantastic.

What is the best thing about owning a business in Cronulla?
Best thing about owning a business in Nulla is it’s home and also the people. Shire people are friendly and easy going.

Where is your favourite place in Cronulla or the Sutherland Shire?
Favourite place is the beach or just walking along The Esplanade.

Finish this sentence – “I Love Cronulla” because….
It has a small community feel and it is just a beautiful scenic place with the nicest beaches in Sydney.


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26th July 2012 Surf Report

Tuesday saw the 2012 NMD Shark Island Challenge run and won by Mitch Rawlings from QLD.

Twenty of the world’s best bodyboarders competed for the title. It was held in wild 2 metre plus ESE swell with SE wind gusts and rain making for a testing days surfing.

Tuesday morning saw totally different conditions, with still a solid 1 to 2 meter SE swell fanned by north west winds, creating a perfect days surfing. A  thick fog blew in around 7.30am.

My bunch of grommets we coach had a few others to contend with. Four humpback whales played off the point 30 to 40 meters from the surfers. We also had a seal cruising the patch near the jump off spot to get out to the point. Mother nature really turned it on and I just had to share!!!

Today and Friday will have similar conditions to Wednesday but with a diminishing swell. I expect ideal conditions to be had both mornings until the on shore comes up late morning.

Saturday will see 1 metre surf and an increase in swell size from the south as the day progresses. Sunday will be a bit bigger and early next week the swell should peak around 2 metres plus.

Great waves to be had for the next week. So get out there and get into it!!!



Thanks to Mark from Surfing Cronulla Surfschool for this blog!

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2012 Shark Island Challenge

It’s cold and miserable but it’s on! The Shark Island Challenge brings bodyboarders from across the globe to Cronulla each year to battle it out for the winning title at one of the worlds most feared locations – none other than Shark Island itself.

The green light for the Shark Island Challenge was given on Sunday with the event kicking off early this morning (Tuesday 24th July). The winds have dropped and the tide is up, it’s all happening along The Esplanade today!

5th – Nick Gornall – 5.3
4th – Luke O’Connor – 7.33
3rd – Josh Kaihe – 7.4
2nd – Ewan Donnachie – 9.53
1st – Mitch Rawlins – 12.44

“Like” the Shark Island Challenge on Facebook here for more live updates throughout the day. Best of luck to all participating!


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The Real Shire

The best thing that Channel Ten did for us on Monday night with it’s tragic dramality show The Shire was show how stunning the natural surrounds are that we use as our own backyard everyday.

My non “Shire” friends while glad they weren’t living in a Channel Ten targetted suburb, all made reference to how good the background scenery was!

So let’s thank Channel Ten for highlighting the natural amongst the fake and celebrate the positives!

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15th June 2012 Surf Report

Today has been a dream for surfers with light offshore winds fanning a 4 to 5 foot east swell, so if you can get out for an afternoon surf do it!

The weekend looks like turning nasty on Saturday but Sunday will see some improvement. Conditions should improve into next week with a 3’ to 4‘ swell carry through with better weather forecast!

So enjoy the waves while they’re here!!!


Thanks to Mark from Surfing Cronulla Surfschool for this blog!

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2012 Cronulla Spring Festival Stall Info

It’s only early days but in the next coming months the annual much loved local Cronulla Spring Festival will take over!

Event details
When: 8th September at 8am finishing at 4pm on 9th September
Where: Cronulla Plaza
How much: Free!

Application forms for stall holders and information sheets can be downloaded from the Sutherland Shire Council website. Cronulla CBD Management reminds you that sending in an application does not guarantee you a spot. Applications will not be assessed until after the closing date of 20th July and of course all applications must have public liability insurance.

Mark down the dates in your diary or on your calendar and stay tuned for more info regarding stalls and shows as the Cronulla Spring Festival draws closer.

Take a look at some of the snapshots from 2011’s Cronulla Spring Festival…

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1st June 2012 Surf Report

Shark Island

Well a great day today and the weekend is looking good as well. Water temp is still around 20 degrees.

The swell is around 1 metre plus coming out of the south east there is no wind showing at the moment but we should get light onshore after 1pm.

Saturday morning is looking good with similar conditions the swell will taper off into Sunday with a change moving in Monday or Tuesday and a rising swell predicted to be 4 meters by Wednesday – Thursday.

So enjoy your weekend before next week’s ugly weather with larger swells moves in!


Thanks to Mark from Surfing Cronulla Surfschool for this blog!

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