Stage 1 consultation outcomes: What we heard

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.

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