BONDIS laid-back local cafe-cum-radio station has been hit with legal action over $110,000 in unpaid taxes and superannuation.
Bondi Broadcasting Company, which owns Bondi FM cafe, owes $43, 636 in staff superannuation payments dating back to mid-2010, and $66,312 tax, according to documents filed with the Federal Court in NSW.
The Deputy Commissioner of Taxation has applied to the court for an order to wind up the company and for a liquidator to be appointed. The matter will be heard in February. However, the cafes owner, Nathalie Ayers, said she expected the matter to be sorted out within weeks and dismissed.
Bondi FM radio station operates out of the same premises as the cafe as a low-power open narrowcasting service at the 88.0 frequency. Mrs Ayers said the licence was owned by Bondi Media Group, which is not named in the legal action. However, Bondi Media Group was deregistered in 2009, according to documents filed with the corporate regulator.
Bondi Broadcasting was registered in February 2009 by Nathalie and Russell Ayers and started operating a few months later as the first radio station/cafe/bar in Australia sitting a few blocks from the beach. The bar and cafe host many events, including garage sales and dance parties, while the radio station draws 5000 listeners every day.