Bellambi Square, located in the heart of Northbridge, is a new public space designed for community events, alfresco dining and neighbourhood gatherings. Now’s the time to decide if it stays!
If you love the idea of a ‘town square’ where the community can come together for recreation, connection and some great food and drinks, you’ll love Bellambi Square in Northbridge.
The owner of The Sailor Bar & Kitchen, Kieran Fitsal, is leading the initiative and operates a pop-up cocktail bar in the Square every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout summer.
“I first contacted Willoughby Council in the middle of 2021 to suggest bringing forward existing plans to close off the junction of Bellambi Street and Sailors Bay Road to create a new alfresco space for the community as we came out of the lockdown,” Kieran explains.
The Council secured $442,200 from the NSW Government to fund the initiative under its Streets as Shared Spaces Program Round 2. They repurposed the street into a pedestrian-only public space for a six-month trial period, which started in December 2022 and ends on 28 March 2023. It’s paved with sandstone blocks that double as seats and is surrounded by plants, making it an attractive and comfortable place to relax and socialise.
“The Sailor Bar secured a ‘pop-up’ liquor licence and two of our suppliers (Fever Tree and Mountain Goat) have been kind enough to provide us with a mobile bar, deck chairs and umbrellas to bring a bit of colour and life to the Square,” says Kieran.
Bellambi Square is available for everyone to use and at no charge during the trial period. To date, the Square has hosted live music, games, and an F45 fitness challenge, with The Sailor Bar providing food and drinks.
“From this Friday, we’ll be joined by Georgie’s Mobile Jaffle Truck,” Kieran adds. “…and on Sunday 26th Feb there was a vintage and classic car meet. Over 30 cars turned up and a number of locals set up craft stalls in the Square as well.”
With the end of the trial now approaching, it’s time for the community to have their say on whether Bellambi Square remains. Kieran says, “The Council will be consulting with locals to get a view on whether the Square becomes a permanent fixture in Northbridge… The community has until March 8th to have their say about its future.”
Pop on down to check it out if you haven’t already, and please have your say on Bellambi Square here: https://www.haveyoursaywilloughby.com.au/northbridge-bellambi-trial