First look revealed into Heffron Centre community sporting complex
The first detailed artist impressions and 3D fly-through of the new Heffron Centre community sporting complex have been revealed today, Tuesday 25 May 2021.
The plans show how Maroubra’s new indoor sports centre, gymnastics centre and new home for the South Sydney Rabbitohs will look.
The Rabbitohs will move their headquarters and Souths Cares community outreach work from their spiritual home of Redfern into their south-east supporter heartland of Randwick City by the end of 2022.
Located in Heffron Park, the state-of-the-art facility includes significant publicly accessible areas including the sports centre and gymnastics centre, a café, hall of fame, merchandise shop and fan area to view training on the NRL standard showcase field.
Randwick Mayor Danny Said says the release of the detailed graphics is a significant milestone in the $58M project which has been seven years in the making.
“It’s been a lot of hard work to get to this point and I’m very pleased that we are on the verge of starting construction on what will be the biggest project ever undertaken by Randwick Council.
“This facility is funded by Souths and all three levels of Government and has been seven years in planning. It will deliver more than 200 jobs during construction and more than 60 ongoing jobs through the operation of the facility.
“It will be a true community sporting facility for the whole community and provides Souths with the opportunity to expand their Souths Cares community outreach work with our local schools and young people,” says the Mayor.
South Sydney CEO Blake Solly said the facility has been designed to provide shared community use of many of the facilities including a dedicated Souths Cares classroom, lecture theatre, function rooms as well as access to the playing field.
“We are intent on ensuring the Centre is a facility the Club, the Council and the community will be very proud of.
“We’re all very excited to see the project move to the next level and the production of these high resolution images and the fly-through video gives us all a fantastic insight into how the Heffron Centre will look and operate.”
“Importantly, the Heffron Centre will also allow us to double the size and reach of our community programs which have already helped achieve over 400 Aboriginal employment placements, helped young people achieve their HSC and helped over 7,600 students with health and well-being messages,” says Mr Solly.
Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said the centre would be a world-class high-performance training, administration and community facility.
“This facility will support the development of promising young and high-performance male and female players in south-east Sydney while the dedicated multi-purpose community facilities will enable the Rabbitohs to expand their community programs, initiatives and engagement,” Mr Lee said.
“This investment will support the Rabbitohs’ quest for men’s and women’s premierships in the future.”
The community gymnastic facility will be able to operate 7 days a week up to 10pm and includes state of the art facilities including a dedicated gymnastics zone showcasing community history, awards and memories.
The indoor sports centre will also operate 7 days a week up to 10pm with two multi-purpose sports halls to accommodate sports such as netball, basketball, badminton, volleyball and futsal.
The Heffron Centre will be fully owned by Randwick City Council with lease arrangements in place to the South Sydney Rabbitohs and operators of the indoor sports centre and gymnastics centre.
Randwick City Council is currently calling for tenders for construction of the centre which is anticipated to commence construction in mid-late 2021.