The South Sydney Rabbitohs are delighted to be able to proceed, in conjunction with Randwick City Council, with planning for the building of a High Performance Community Centre in the centre of the South Sydney district, following the announcement today that Council had received a $16 million grant from the Federal Government for the historic development at Maroubra’s Heffron Park.
Federal Minister for Sport, Senator the Hon. Don Farrell, made the announcement about the funding at Heffron Park today.
The Rabbitohs have been in discussions with Randwick City Council, the Federal Government, Marcellin College Randwick, Souths Juniors and the National Rugby League about building a 5000-square-metre facility at Heffron Park.
This state-of-the-art centre will include a gymnasium, indoor sports arena, a high altitude chamber, rehabilitation pool and a community centre with theatrette seating for up to 120 people.
The centre will also provide a new home for Souths Cares – the community service organisation established by Souths in 2007. More than 5,500 young people in the South Sydney district will benefit from education, training and employment programs administered by Souths Cares annually, with the High Performance Community Centre to house classrooms from which Souths Cares will run its many and varied community programs.
This High Performance Community Centre will establish Heffron Park as one of the major sporting precincts in NSW and provide a wonderful sporting and educational facility in this densely populated area of Sydney.
This initiative is in line with the overall development of Heffron Park as a Multi Regional Sporting Precinct and is expected to create employment opportunities during the development of the site, as well as post-completion which is expected to take approximately two years.
“This is an exciting project for the Club, truly a watershed moment for the future of the Rabbitohs, and it will allow us to go to the next level both on and off field, whilst staying in the South Sydney district,” Rabbitohs CEO Shane Richardson said today.
“We’re very excited about this project and we will be working closely with Randwick City Council, Souths Juniors, Marcellin College, the NRL and the team at Souths Cares to make it a state-of-the-art facility that suits the needs of all parties involved.
“We want to make sure we can help Randwick City Council build the best Rugby League High Performance Community Centre and administration offices under one roof in the NRL in our district, whilst also providing great community facilities for the people in the South Sydney region.
“Souths Cares and the Rabbitohs have worked closely with Randwick City Council over the past three years so they know firsthand the impact our Club and Souths Cares can have in the community.
“As a Club, we thank the Federal Government, Randwick City Council, Marcellin College, Souths Juniors and the NRL for their assistance in getting this project started and we look forward to a long and rewarding partnership with all parties into the future.”