The Heffron Centre

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Plans on public exhibition 1 to 30 October 2020 (extended).
Submissions have now closed. You can view the plans on Randwick City Council's website. View the Detailed Application and the Concept Application.

Over the last decade, Council has undertaken a major renewal and upgrade of Heffron Park, in line with its Plan of Management. Council is committed to ensuring Heffron Park is of significant benefit to both Randwick City and the wider community, offering opportunities to contribute to the health and wellbeing of our community.

The next stage of upgrading Heffron Park is a new, world-class sporting facility known as the Heffron Centre. The Heffron Centre will offer state-of-the-art multipurpose community facilities for generations to come.

The Heffron Centre is a shared vision between Council and its partners, the South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club (Rabbitohs) and the NSW Government.

The Heffron Centre will include:

  • Indoor multi-purpose facility with two indoor sports halls to accommodate sports such as netball, basketball, badminton, volleyball and indoor futsal
  • Gymnastics facility
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs’ community and high-performance centre
  • Vehicle and bus parking servicing the Heffron Centre
  • Landscaping to integrate the centre with Heffron Park
  • A rugby league standard training field to NRL requirements
  • Upgrade of lighting to adjacent south west sports fields.

Stay informed: Sign up to Your Say Randwick to keep updated with the project.

Enquiries email: council@randwick.nsw.gov.au

Plans on public exhibition 1 to 30 October 2020 (extended).
Submissions have now closed. You can view the plans on Randwick City Council's website. View the Detailed Application and the Concept Application.

Over the last decade, Council has undertaken a major renewal and upgrade of Heffron Park, in line with its Plan of Management. Council is committed to ensuring Heffron Park is of significant benefit to both Randwick City and the wider community, offering opportunities to contribute to the health and wellbeing of our community.

The next stage of upgrading Heffron Park is a new, world-class sporting facility known as the Heffron Centre. The Heffron Centre will offer state-of-the-art multipurpose community facilities for generations to come.

The Heffron Centre is a shared vision between Council and its partners, the South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club (Rabbitohs) and the NSW Government.

The Heffron Centre will include:

  • Indoor multi-purpose facility with two indoor sports halls to accommodate sports such as netball, basketball, badminton, volleyball and indoor futsal
  • Gymnastics facility
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs’ community and high-performance centre
  • Vehicle and bus parking servicing the Heffron Centre
  • Landscaping to integrate the centre with Heffron Park
  • A rugby league standard training field to NRL requirements
  • Upgrade of lighting to adjacent south west sports fields.

Stay informed: Sign up to Your Say Randwick to keep updated with the project.

Enquiries email: council@randwick.nsw.gov.au

  • Development Application on exhibition

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    01 Oct 2020
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    Plans for the new Heffron Centre, Maroubra have reached an important milestone and are now on public exhibition from 1 to 30 October 2020 (extended).

    The design has been shaped by community consultation and inspired by the landscape, culture and people of Randwick City.


    View the Detailed Application here and make a submission. The detailed application includes the architectural plans for the new centre, café, showcase field, car parking and landscaping.

    View the Concept Application here and make a submission. The concept application includes the building envelope.

    For more information on the project, join our webinar on Thursday 8 October, 6.30-7.30pm. Register here.

  • The Heffron Centre: Design revealed

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    26 Aug 2020
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    About the consultation
    In April 2020, we asked the community about your aspirations for the Heffron Centre, and what you would like to see be included and how we can best integrate the Heffron Centre into the park. This is what we heard:

    What we heard

    • The design should reflect the local area, history and culture.
    • Multi-purpose to ensure the facility can be used by the community for a range of social and recreation uses
    • Community-focused, accessible, and family friendly.
    • A café and areas for children to play and parents to congregate.
    • Be sensitive to our neighbours.
    • Incorporate sustainability, native landscaping and vegetation into the design.

    About the design
    The Heffron Centre was designed by award winning architect CO-OP Studio, shaped by community feedback, inspired by the culture and people of Randwick.

    The design features:

    • A contemporary and relaxed design using sandy colours, inspired by the sand dunes and coastal landscape.
    • A low-rise, flat form design to create a seamless extension to the park.
    • Designed to serve the community for the next 50 years and using materials to stand the test of time.
    • Integrating sustainability into the design to capture and filter natural light, rainwater collection, solar panels.
    • Positioned back from the road to be sensitive to our neighbours.
    • Dune-like native landscaping and vegetation to blur the building into the park.

    For more on the design, read the CO-OP Studio Design Update here.

    Artist impression of the Heffron Centre, designed by CO-OP Studio

    The Heffron Centre experience
    Inclusive and accessible for all ages and abilities, the Heffron Centre includes:

    • An open plaza featuring a café, indoor and outdoor seating areas for the community to relax and socialise.
    • Two multi-purpose indoor sports halls and storage with spectator seating.
    • Separate change and bathroom facilities are proposed for gymnastics and the sport halls to ensure safety for children and guests.
    • Community and High-Performance Centre home to the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Souths Cares headquarters, training and operational areas, lecture theatre and classroom, and merchandise shop.
    • An internal “street” linking the Community and High-Performance centre, multi-purpose sports facility and gymnastic zones. This connects from the front to the back creating opportunity to showcase community history, awards and memories.
    • Fan and visitor areas to view the NRL showcase training field.

    Image of Heffron Centre planProposed plan of Heffon Centre, designed by CO-OP studio

    Looking after our future
    The Heffron Centre incorporates best practice environmentally sustainable design principles and systems to reduce the impact on our city.

    • Architectural designed to capture and filter daylight and utilise natural ventilation.
    • Rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.
    • Electric vehicle charging infrastructure and bicycle parking.
    • Low-maintenance native plants and materials to regulate temperatures and reduce electricity.
    • Use of rainwater and stormwater collection to reduce water usage.

    Next steps
    The Development Application’s will be lodged late August-early September and available for the public to view and comment during public exhibition in October 2020.

    More questions?
    View our frequently asked questions.


  • Stage 1 consultation outcomes: What we heard

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    07 Jul 2020

    Community engagement for Council’s new multi-purpose sports Heffron Centre went live in April 2020, through our Your Say page, letter boxed information and a popular Facebook live event.

    You told us about your aspirations and what you would like to see be included in the new centre and how we can best integrate the Heffron Centre into the park.

    We received more than 130 surveys and received feedback through social media and our Facebook live event.

    What we heard

    You told us that:

    The Heffron Centre should be community focused, inclusive and accessible

    • A community-focused and family friendly place with a cafe.
    • A safe place, with areas for children to play and parents to congregate.
    • Accessible for a diverse range of people and communities.
    • Be sensitive to our neighbours.
    • Provide online bookings and hire options.

    The Heffron Centre should have a modern and contemporary design that is functional and robust.

    • The design should reflect the local area, history and culture.
    • A design which reflects the surrounding area and integrates within Heffron Park, not be too large or imposing.
    • A balance of community uses and the Rabbitohs community and high performance centre.
    • Achieve value for money, choices which promote durability and sustainability, without compromising on contemporary and functional design.
    • You agree the centre should be multi-purpose to ensure the facility can be used by the community for a range of social and recreation uses.

    Sustainability, trees and shaded areas is important to you.

    • You shared ideas on how we can incorporate sustainable initiatives into the design including facilities to promote green travel.
    • Incorporate native landscaping and vegetation into the design.
    • Cycleways and paths should be family friendly and connect to existing paths and routes.

    Where to from here?

    Council has reviewed the feedback and using this to inform the design of the Heffron Centre. We will be meeting with sporting organisations and stakeholder groups. We are being inspired by your feedback, local history, and culture to ensure we design a place which is fit for the future of the Randwick region.

    Council’s sustainability, design and transport teams have been helping shape the design and are providing advice on how the Heffron Centre can create sustainable outcomes for the region.

    We will be working to develop the design and share our progress with you in late July 2020.

    Sign up to Your Say Randwick to keep updated with the project.