The Heffron Centre

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Stage 1 consultation has concluded. You can read about the outcomes of the consultation here. Community feedback is being used to help input into the concept design that will be shared with the community later this year.

Over the last decade, Council has undertaken a major renewal and upgrade of Heffron Park, in line with its Plan of Management. The Park is now one of the most significant regional parks in east Sydney, comprising a range of sports fields, outdoor recreation courts, amenity buildings, a criterium track, open space with shared cycle and pedestrian pathways, playground and the Des Renford Leisure Centre. 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 will contain a new Indoor multi-purpose sports facility, gymnastics facility, South Sydney Rabbitohs community and high-performance centre, showcase sporting field and new lighting for the south-west oval.

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

Consulting with the Community
Heffron Park has always been an important community asset. It is a much-loved park and this proposal will involve the community to ensure we retain the essence of Heffron Park, modernise the facilities, transform the site and the create a place for the whole community to enjoy for sport, leisure, play and relaxation.

Community consultation will occur from March to September 2020, throughout the planning and design process.

Throughout this process, we will be transparent and open with you about the opportunities and limitations, to ensure the long-term economic sustainability which meets the needs of current and future generations.

Council is committed to ensuring your voice is heard to shape this once in a lifetime project.

What we heard from you
Council is currently engaging with the community to inform our Open Space and Recreation Needs Study. We have been asking you about how you spend your time outdoors and what you would like to see in the future.

So far, we have heard from you that coastal walks, beaches and ocean pools, and parks are of high quality, and cycle paths, footpaths and streets and off-leash dog areas need some improvement. We are also hearing that some of the barriers to participating in recreation are a lack of amenities (such as seating, shade, picnic tables etc.) and poor cycle and walking access.

Stay informed

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Stage 1 consultation has concluded. You can read about the outcomes of the consultation here. Community feedback is being used to help input into the concept design that will be shared with the community later this year.

Over the last decade, Council has undertaken a major renewal and upgrade of Heffron Park, in line with its Plan of Management. The Park is now one of the most significant regional parks in east Sydney, comprising a range of sports fields, outdoor recreation courts, amenity buildings, a criterium track, open space with shared cycle and pedestrian pathways, playground and the Des Renford Leisure Centre. 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 will contain a new Indoor multi-purpose sports facility, gymnastics facility, South Sydney Rabbitohs community and high-performance centre, showcase sporting field and new lighting for the south-west oval.

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

Consulting with the Community
Heffron Park has always been an important community asset. It is a much-loved park and this proposal will involve the community to ensure we retain the essence of Heffron Park, modernise the facilities, transform the site and the create a place for the whole community to enjoy for sport, leisure, play and relaxation.

Community consultation will occur from March to September 2020, throughout the planning and design process.

Throughout this process, we will be transparent and open with you about the opportunities and limitations, to ensure the long-term economic sustainability which meets the needs of current and future generations.

Council is committed to ensuring your voice is heard to shape this once in a lifetime project.

What we heard from you
Council is currently engaging with the community to inform our Open Space and Recreation Needs Study. We have been asking you about how you spend your time outdoors and what you would like to see in the future.

So far, we have heard from you that coastal walks, beaches and ocean pools, and parks are of high quality, and cycle paths, footpaths and streets and off-leash dog areas need some improvement. We are also hearing that some of the barriers to participating in recreation are a lack of amenities (such as seating, shade, picnic tables etc.) and poor cycle and walking access.

Stay informed

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


  • Stage 1 consultation outcomes: What we heard

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    about 1 month ago

    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.