Set Your Calendars for these Plant With Us Events in Maroubra

Several ‘Plant With Us’ events are going to take place in Maroubra from May to October 2022, as part of the city’s project to promote greening, combat climate change, and help preserve the planet. 

On Thursday, 28 April 2022, Plant With Us will be underway from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Heffron Park. The ‘Greening Our City’ tree-planting activities are done during the cooler months of the year to ensure their survival. 

Everyday is Earth Day in the Eastern Suburbs, so those who cannot make it to Heffron Park in April may still join the other scheduled planting days at the following dates and locations:

Sunday, 8 May 2022 Mother’s DayHeffron Park, Maroubra
Friday, 20 May 2022Heffron Park, Maroubra
Sunday, 5 June 2022Cromwell Park, Malabar
Sunday, 26 June 2022Heffron Park, Maroubra
Friday, 29 July 2022
Sunday, 31 July 2022
Heffron Park, Maroubra
Thursday, 1 September 2022Environmental Park, Randwick
Saturday, 8 October 2022Latham Park, Coogee

Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes, a hat, long sleeves, and long pants. They also need to bring their own gloves and a water bottle. While face masks are no longer mandatory, participants may use them if they are unable to maintain a safe distance from others. 

Meanwhile, residents may also fill out a Request a Tree form to support the Greening Our City project and receive an appropriate tree for planting outside their own home on the nature strip or verge.  

Photo Credit: RCC

Per Council, “If you request a tree as we approach summer or early autumn, you may find it takes longer for your street tree to be planted. As most of our street trees are native or indigenous trees that we often source from our Community Nursery, they are usually better suited to local weather conditions and this tends to give the trees the best possible start to a long life.”

“The final decision on tree species and planting approval will be made by the assessing tree officer.” 

Your Feedback Needed for the Revised Heffron Park Plan of Management

A revised Plan of Management (PoM) for Heffron Park in Maroubra has been released for public exhibition. Residents affected by this change to the PoM, which had originally been adopted in 2009, may express their support or objection to the recategorisation by submitting a feedback form.

The execution of the revised PoM is in line with the requirements of the NSW Crown Land Management Act 2016 covering all community lands, such as Heffron Park. The PoM enables better planning and governance for the use of such a public place. 

According to Randwick City Council, the previous PoM’s major projects have been completed thus the need for recategorisation to:

  • better protect small areas of planting that is now categorised as ‘natural area: bushland’;
  • identify an area near the remnant sand dune to be categorised as park as this better describes its appropriate use; and
  • apply the category of ‘community use’ on the Heffron Centre precinct which most appropriately reflects the intended future use of the facility.

Heffron Park is Randwick City Council’s largest sporting facility and has been used for various events and leisure activities. Formerly used as storage area for the Navy during World War II, the park was turned over for Council’s management as a public recreation site in 1959. 

Photo Credit: Randwick City Council

The new PoM comes following the approval of the construction of a new indoor sports centre for the South Sydney Rabbitoh in March 2021.

Printed copies of the PoM are may be seen at the following exhibition sites or online

  • Des Renford Leisure Centre in Heffron Park
  • Randwick Council Customer Service Centre, 30 Frances St, Randwick
  • Lionel Bowen Library, 669-673 Anzac Parade, Maroubra
  • Margaret Martin Library, Royal Randwick Shopping Centre, Randwick
  • Malabar Community Library, 1203 Anzac Parade, Matraville

The community may lodge their submission at or through the online feedback form until 27 July 2021. 

Revealed! First Look at the New Maroubra Home of the Rabbitohs

Ahead of its planned construction, the South Sydney Rabbitohs has unveiled their new home in Maroubra, where the team will be moving in before the 2023 NRL season rolls.

The new photos are the artist’s impression of the $58M state-of-the-art sports complex that will also include cafes, a merchandise shop, a special fan area for watching training, and a hall of fame section.

The new Rabbitohs facility will also be opened for community use for lectures, events, workshops, as well as access to the playing fields. The gymnastics facility and the indoor sports centres for volleyball, netball, badminton, and basketball will be operating seven days a week. 

Photo Credit: Rabbitohs
Photo Credit: Rabbitohs

“The Heffron Centre will allow us to move our NRL, Women’s and NSW Cup teams and administrative, commercial and Souths Cares staff members to one site – with the rest of our representative pathways programs using Redfern Oval,” Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly said in an official press statement. 

“Importantly it 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.”

Photo Credit: Rabbitohs

Funding for the sports complex will come from the Federal and State Governments, as well as Randwick City Council. Construction is expected to begin in August 2021. Randwick Mayor Danny Said revealed that this is the Council’s biggest project, which has taken seven years to plan. Following the building’s opening, however, that the Rabbitohs will be saying goodbye to their old home in Redfern.