Bondi Pavilion – iconic heritage building make-over!

An instantly recognisable fixture of Bondi Beach, the Bondi Pavilion, has borne witness to the evolution and impact of this iconic Australian beach. Waverly Council has undertaken a project to upgrade and rejuvenate Bondi Pavilion which is a heritage site in its’ own right.

Bondi Pavilion spring update

Project Manager for The P.A. People, Ross Ford, comments: “… we worked with three consultants on various aspects of the project, the most important of which was its heritage listing. This consideration dictated how the project was conceived and executed by all parties. Essentially, this was a ‘dismantle and rebuild’ approach rather than demolish and build anew. Across the site, the team had to ensure that the original fabric of the separate spaces was maintained. This meant that the original building materials – from the flooring to the timberwork – had to be kept intact, and elements such as murals and paintings had to be protected during the course of all works.”

Justin Smith – Contracts Administrator, Buildcorp said of the relationship with The P.A. People; “I would place them in the top tier of contractors that we have worked with on this project. Ross Ford has been across – and often, ahead of – all relevant aspects of the integration and has accommodated the program all the way through.”

Pile Wind Hoist

TheatreQuip – new ‘Reference’ theatre hoists installed!

pile wind hoistThe P.A. People has installed the first of its series of new hoists at Glenmore Park High School’s new Performing Arts & Learning Centre in Western Sydney. Following their recent release at the Integrate trade show in Sydney, the TQP-K650/12 balanced drive pile-wind hoist is an example of the new theatre equipment installed at this facility. The new hoists have been meticulously designed to comply with Australian Standards and with the new EN17206 standard “Entertainment Technology – Machinery for stages and other production areas”.  “When it comes to safety in hoisting and winching systems, especially those in theatre spaces which invariably require the suspension of loads above people, we regard it as our duty of care to ensure that we follow the most rigorous of standards” commented Andrew Mathieson, Chief Engineer at The P.A. People.




City2surf spring update

Sports audio & comms for major events!

The last quarter saw the return of several major sporting events to the calendar.

Sydney’s iconic City2Surf kicked off what has turned out to be a busy spring season for the Events department. The team were on site bright and early at both the start and finish lines delivering comms and multiple sound systems. We have been privileged to be a part of this event for many years and it is fantastic to see it running again (pun intended!) after COVID restrictions.

September has been basketball, basketball and more basketball in the State Sports Centre and Qudos Bank Arena, for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.  The P.A. People provided wired and wireless Clear-com kit and our Bose Showmatch PA systems for both venues to support GBE with sports presentation, as well as event radios for the Local Organising Committee.  Congratulations to the Opals on their Bronze medal achievement!

Both the sound and the communications systems will now transition to support the Sydney Kings and the Sydney Flames through their regular home seasons in both venues.

The P.A. People – new product announcements at ENTECH Roadshow!

We’re at ENTECH – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane – October – see:


Integrate 2022

The P.A. People exhibited at this year’s event at the ICC, Darling Harbour. Our Venue Engineering Team was on-hand to discuss and demonstrate the latest in products and services for theatre and performance spaces. We found keen response from industry professionals looking for choice and innovation in the market, with particular interest in the new TheatreQuip range of ‘Reference’ theatre hoists, lighting bar configurations and our range of specialist rigging tools.

AV service & Maintenance

Service & Maintenance – end-of-year service calls a priority
… contact us for advance maintenance scheduling for schools& facilities!

Whilst we have a variety of service tasks on our schedule across many client sectors, a focus coming into Spring has been preparing school halls for Year 12 Graduation ceremonies & other end-of-year events in various educational settings. Ensuring that essential PA, AV and lighting systems are working well, is ‘top of the list’.  We are also maintaining and servicing our swimming centre customers who generally experience higher patronage as we come into the warmer months. We continue to work across many sectors – Sporting, Entertainment, Education, Places of Worship, Transport hubs and Corporate. Call us now to book a Team service call for your facility.

Angie Doyle – Manager, Service

Welcome Kent Dayhew – Business Development Manager, Venue Engineering

With 30+ years of industry experience, Kent has a significant breadth of knowledge. He has multi-disciplinary expertise across lighting, audio, AV, stage engineering and drapery, as well as experience as a performer. Kent’s ability to integrate venue technical systems is a significant skill-set and in joining our team of seasoned Venue Engineering professionals, Kent’s experience adds to the significant professional resource of The P.A. People.