Mystery Prize Winner Emerges from Matraville after 3 Weeks

A Matraville woman can now enjoy her long-awaited $72,000 windfall after being blissfully unaware that the winning ticket was tucked away in her purse for more than three weeks.

In a twist of fate, a regular Sydney player scored an impressive 8 Spot win on Sunday, 19 November 2023, taking home a total prize of $72,846.10. The unsuspecting winner’s ticket had gone unnoticed.

Upon receiving confirmation of her win, the Matraville resident expressed her astonishment,

“I can’t believe I’ve held this ticket in my purse for more than three weeks. I even visited the club on numerous occasions and didn’t realize the mystery winner they were searching for was me!”

The fortunate twist of fate occurred when the winner decided to try her luck with a game at another venue nearby over the weekend. It was then that she stumbled upon the old ticket in her purse, which she had yet to check. 

She initially thought the machine had malfunctioned and sought assistance from the venue’s staff. To her surprise, two team members revealed that she had indeed won something substantial.

Her initial guesses of winning $5,000 and $10,000 were quickly surpassed as the staff exclaimed, “Higher! Higher! A lot more zeros!” 

The revelation left both the winner and her partner in hysterics. She couldn’t contain her excitement.

The Matraville local is now ready to kick off the new year by fulfilling some long-standing wishes. 

“I’ve got to get my fence fixed at home. My car needs attention, and I’m well overdue for a little cruise.” 

Matraville winner
Photo Credit: Unsplash

“In 2020, my partner and I had booked a five-week cruise, but it was shortened to one week and two days because the COVID outbreak had gotten so bad. We haven’t been anywhere since!” 

With her newfound prize, she and her partner can now look forward to a cruise in the new year, realizing the holiday they had always envisioned.

The winning entry was originally purchased at Brighton Le Sands RSL Club, located at 351 Bay Street, Brighton Le Sands.

In FY23, players across the eastern states of mainland Australia celebrated more than 95.42 million wins collectively worth more than $1.34 billion.

Published 21-Dec-2023

Cabot Properties Acquires Cutting-Edge Multi-Level Warehouse in Matraville

Boston-based investment manager and developer Cabot Properties has made a significant move into the Australian real estate market with the acquisition of one of the country’s first multi-level warehouses. The property, currently under construction in Sydney’s Matraville, is set to become a notable addition to Cabot’s expanding portfolio.

Spanning an impressive 19,757 square meters and situated on a generous 1.94-hectare site at 42-52 Raymond Avenue, the state-of-the-art warehouse commanded a considerable price tag of approximately $150 million. 

Development on the Raymond Avenue building commenced in March 2023 and is projected to reach completion by the third quarter of 2023. The warehouse is being brought to life by Mulpha, a reputable Sydney-based property company known for its expertise in the industry.

Cabot Properties‘ acquisition of the multi-level warehouse in Matraville marks its second major investment in Australia within the past year. In a strategic move in July 2022, the Boston-based firm acquired a sprawling 9.3-hectare industrial development site in Melbourne’s Campbellfield from renowned petrol industry figure Nick Andrianakos for $41 million. 

The decision to invest in the Matraville warehouse aligns with the growing interest in multi-level warehouses across Australia. Several prominent companies, including LOGOS and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, have expressed intentions to venture into the multi-level warehouse sector, underscoring its promising future potential.

Once completed, the Matraville warehouse is expected to be leased to a single tenant, with logistics companies being the most likely candidates. Its strategic location positions the warehouse ideally to cater to the burgeoning e-commerce market in Sydney, meeting the increasing demand for efficient and streamlined logistics operations. 

Published 5-July-2023

Matraville Sports High School Picked for the Olympic Pathway Program

Seven high schools in New South Wales, including Matraville Sports High School, have been picked for the inaugural Australian Olympic Pathway Schools program.

This Australian-first initiative is in conjunction with the Australian Olympic Committee to help boost NSW’s future generations of Olympians and Paralympians. 

Aside from Matraville Sports High School, the other six include Endeavour Sports High School in Caringbah, The Hills Sports High School in Seven Hills, Hunter Sports High School in Gateshead, Illawarra Sports High School, Narrabeen Sports High School and Westfields Sports High School in Fairfield West.

“Our 7 Sports High Schools in NSW are the only secondary schools in Australia to have this prestigious recognition,” Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said

“This reflects the great strength of our sports high school network, and their excellent track record in fostering both sporting high performance and academic achievement. I can’t wait to see the next generation of medal-winning athletes coming from our public schools as we look to Brisbane 2032.”

Matraville Sports High School
Photo Credit: Matraville Sports High School/Facebook

“The students at our sports high schools today will be our heroes standing on the podium at the Brisbane 2032 Olympics, and this partnership will strengthen their opportunity for international success,” Minister for Sport Alister Henskens said.

“The first-of-its-kind in Australia, this initiative will encourage even more high school students to reach for the stars, as well as provide programs to help young people stay focused and motivated while they’re studying and trying to forge a pathway in their respective sports.”

In line with this program, the NSW goverment has also committed to a $1.5 million funding for Olympics Unleashed, enabling Australian Olympians to visit primary school kids to share their experiences and life lessons. The initiative is expected to run until 2026.

“The key to sporting excellence is to align participation, pathways and high performance. To have this alignment at high school level is powerful, particularly as we look to Brisbane 2032 and beyond,” AOC Chief Executive Officer Matt Carroll said.

Matraville Sports High School
Photo Credit: Matraville Sports High School/Facebook

“We have seen Olympic Training Centres recognised around Australia and overseas, but never at the school level.

“The AOC is also thrilled by the extension of the Olympics Unleashed program. Our Olympic athletes can deliver these sessions across the state, including regional areas and Indigenous communities. We will reach 1800 schools across the 3 years. 

“It’s important that our young people pursue a passion – we want people to get active but finding your passion may lie beyond sport.”

Published 17 February 2023

Construction Of New Matraville Youth And Community Hall Begins

Works on the new Matraville Youth and Community Hall are well underway, with plans to replace the current structure with a single-storey building featuring the community hall and a covered outdoor space adjoining the hall.

Read: Here’s the Draft Masterplan for the Transformation of Matraville Town Centre

It will also have its own kitchen, storage area, bin / waste area, services room, male and female bathrooms, an accessible bathroom and entry foyer.

The existing structure, footpaths and retaining walls at the site were demolished before works commenced in January 2023. 

Photo credit: Randwick City Council

The demolished structure located at 1-5R Knowles Avenue Matraville, was constructed in the 1960s, was in poor condition and was not serving the community well. 

Based on the feedback received from the community during the consultation period, locals wanted a space for activities such as dance or exercise classes, youth programs and indoor sports.

The old Matraville Youth and Community Hall (Photo credit: Randwick City Council)

Matraville Youth and Community Hall, located on the corner of Knowles Avenue and Pozieres Avenue has been used by locals for a range of activities including karate, dance and music classes, exercise classes and children’s birthday parties. The hall also provides a large space with toilets and kitchen. 

Once the upgrades are complete, the new community hall expected to cost $4 million will also be equipped with new sustainability features, including solar panels and battery storage, rainwater tanks for water reuse, energy efficient hot water, lighting and heating, fans and large louvre openings to assist natural ventilation, and EV charging station on the street.

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Based on Randwick City Council’s projected timeline for the project, works would be complete by March 2024.

For further updates, visit Council’s website or call Council’s senior project manager at 02 9093 6759.

Here’s the Draft Masterplan for the Transformation of Matraville Town Centre

The draft masterplan for the long-term transformation of the Matraville Town Centre has been released and locals are enjoined to provide their feedback before it’s permanently implemented.

Details of the draft masterplan were put together based on the community’s feedback from a series of consultations in 2021. 

The aim of this project is to develop more recreational and community event spaces, dining spots and retail activities, and better pedestrian connections for the residents. The idea is to provide locals a distinct and vibrant town centre with a resilient economy, where people can gather and feel the community vibe. 

According to Randwick City Council, the highlights of the Matraville Town Centre draft masterplan will entail: 

  • Widened footpaths on Bunnerong Road to create spaces for outdoor dining and increased pedestrian safety
  • New and revitalised outdoor spaces for people to meet
  • More pedestrian crossings
  • Reduced speed limit along Bunnerong Road to 40km/ph
  • Provision for a future cycleway on Bunnerong Road
  • Opportunities for Indigenous and local art installations
  • New street furniture, lighting, landscaping and paving
  • Increased tree planting and canopy coverage on Bunnerong Road and surrounding streets

Implementation of this project will be divided into three actions to be delivered within 5 years (small-scale actions), 10 years (medium-scale actions), or 20 years (large-scale actions).

Matraville Town Centre
Photo Credit: Matraville Town Centre Masterplan

“We understand that in some areas of the public domain, a staged incremental approach may be necessary. It allows for practical and effective steps to be taken in the immediate short-term, with restructuring and long-term investment to achieve the vision,” Council stated. 

Share your inputs regarding the draft masterplan by making an online submission on or before the 3rd of February 2023 or by emailing 

Opening of Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Matraville Fast-Tracked for January 2023

Photo Credit: Sacred Heart Matraville/Facebook

Did you know that Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Matraville, the newest primary school in the Eastern Suburbs, has been fast-tracked to open one year ahead of its schedule?

By January 2023, the amalgamated Catholic primary schools of St Agnes in Matraville and the Our Lady of the Annunciation in Pagewood will be called the Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, maintaining the Matraville site as the campus. The site will have over 420 students with two classes each from Kindergarten to Year 6.

According to Sydney Catholic Schools, the amalgamation warrants “contemporary, flexible, multi-use spaces to support modern learning practices” where both schools will transition as one institution with one identity and equal access to the new building.

The said building is geared for completion by the end of 2022 with 12 new learning spaces and a canteen. Development, however, will still continue as Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Matraville will incorporate a bigger outdoor space, an Early Learning Centre, and shared parish and school facilities. 

“We’re very excited to see the Sacred Heart community realised ahead of schedule,” Tony Farley, the Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools, said. 

“We trust our students will enjoy the adventure of new facilities, classmates, teachers and new learning experiences.

“This master plan is a multi-million-dollar investment in education that will allow students to thrive in a dynamic and faith-filled environment and become the next generation of change-makers in their communities.”

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Matraville
Photo Credit: Sydney Catholic Schools

The name Sacred Heart was chosen for the amalgamated schools as it’s the founding order for both St Agnes and the Our Lady of the Annunciation.

“Parents have responded very positively to the early amalgamation: they especially loved the new uniforms and school name which keeps the charism of both schools alive,” Sacred Heart Principal Rosemary Andre said. “We’re very excited about the new resources and opportunities for collaboration and excellent teaching and learning ahead. We also look forward to creating a new vision for the school in consultation with staff, parents and students.”

For enrolment enquiries, phone 0476 183 408 or email

Meanwhile, the Pagewood site will transition into a secondary co-educational school for Champagnat Catholic College. The institution will welcome its first female Year 7 students in 2023. 

Why Join a Tour of the Randwick Recycle Centre in Matraville?

Did you know that a guided tour of the Randwick Recycle Centre in Matraville is happening soon to give residents an opportunity to find out where their waste materials, recyclables, and organics go?

It will be a most informative day for those in attendance, who will acquire new knowledge that will inspire them to recycle more and spread the word to their neighbours, family and friends. 

The guided tour of the Randwick Recycle Centre in Matraville will take place on Saturday, 6 Aug 2022, with eight schedules spread out from 9:00 a.m. to 1:35 p.m. Each tour will last between 50 minutes to an hour, with opportunities for the guests to ask questions.

Randwick Recycle Centre
Photo Credit: RCC

Whilst the event is free, the slots are limited. So, guests will have to secure a ticket to one of the schedules. Participants are enjoined to bring their own water bottle and wear a hat and sunscreen for their protection. 

Per Council’s instruction, “tour participants to make their own way to 72 Perry Street Matraville and assemble outside the centre at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour to check-in. Participants to sign the attendance sheet before the tour starts.”

Those in attendance are expected to strictly follow the marked paths and resist touching anything. 

After the tour, they will be asked to complete a feedback form and then enjoy the BBQ.

Meanwhile, the Randwick Recycle Centre is also conducting free information sessions on modern cloth nappies and their economic and environmental benefits. This is for parents, carers, and grandparents. 

Check with Council for future schedules

New NSW Law Bans Matraville Incinerator

A huge win for the Matraville community. The controversial plan to establish an incinerator in this southeastern Sydney suburb will no longer be able to move forward following the passing of the NSW EPA Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Amendment (Thermal Energy from Waste) Regulation law.

“These new laws mean Veolia’s (formerly SUEZ) unpopular proposal to transport truckloads of rubbish to burn at the Opal paper mill in Matraville is officially dead – it cannot happen.” – Randwick Mayor Dylan Parker

On 28 July 2022, the amendments were passed into law and now form part of the Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Regulation 2021. That meant new energy-from-waste operations (subject to limited exceptions) are now banned except in four designated precincts namely: West Lithgow Precinct, Parkes Special Activation Precinct, Richmond Valley Regional Jobs Precinct and Southern Goulburn Mulwaree Precinct.

“Outside these areas, energy from waste will only be permitted if the facilities use waste, or waste-derived feedstock to replace less environmentally sound fuels to generate energy at the site, and where that energy is used to power industrial and manufacturing processes on-site.” – NSW Environment Protection Authority

“The NSW Government has gazetted new regulations amending the Protection of the Environment Operations Act to ban waste to energy facilities in the Sydney basin,” Randwick City Mayor Dylan Parker said, adding that he was very pleased with the news. He also called on Veolia, formerly SUEZ, to withdraw its proposal from the planning system which he said was a “bad idea”.

“This is huge news for our community who have been living with this dark cloud hanging over them for three years.

“Our community has fought this ill-conceived idea tooth and nail from the very beginning.  

Mayor Parker also congratulated and thanked the members of the community including the Nor Matraville Incinerator community group, the Randwick and Bayside Councillors, State Member Michael Daley, Federal Member Matt Thistlethwaite, the Matraville Precinct, and Matraville locals Mike Whitney and Russel Fairfax who have tirelessly campaigned against the proposed waste-to-energy facility.

“This is a win for people, it’s a win for common sense, and it sends a message that industry cannot trample over the environment and the community for their own benefit.”

Veolia proposed the $250 million 60m high Matraville incinerator back in 2019 to generate power for the Opal Paper Mill. The plant is proposed to run 24/7 and will burn an estimated 165,000 tonnes of construction and other non-organic waste material each year. 

The proposal did not sit well with the locals and businesses since it would mean that the incinerator, which is proposed to be built less than 100 metres from a residential area, will produce toxic pollutants that will potentially have a negative impact on the residents in eastern and southeastern Sydney suburbs.

The “No More Incinerators” group said that the proposed incinerator would benefit Opal in “terms of energy costs, and increase the profit to the shareholders” whilst the community gains nothing from the project but instead “the health of more than 500,000 residents of Sydney Eastern Suburbs, including indigenous population, will be affected by the proposed incinerator.”

Matraville Local Maria Reilly Celebrates 104th Birthday With a Prominent Guest

Matraville resident Maria Reilly had only one wish for her 104th birthday. She wanted to celebrate with someone she admires, except no one knew if he could be there because he’s quite a busy man.

But to her and her family’s surprise, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet dropped by, with yellow roses on hand. Ms Reilly said it was one of the best birthdays in her long life. Family members, some of whom have flown in to celebrate the milestone, said that they have not seen their 104-year-old grandmother smile that much in a long time.

Ms Reilly, who has claimed she’s always voted Liberal, has admired the Premier because he is not just a good Catholic man but he’s also “very good looking, even more handsome in real life.”

Mr Perrottet indulged her with all of her questions about his job and his private life. She nudged him to have baby number eight because it’s a lucky number in her culture. The Premier has six daughters and a son. 

The 104-year-old mom, who was from Malaysia, was visiting Australia in the 1970s to attend her daughter’s wedding. She decided to apply for residency and worked at the Water Board for 40 years.

Years later, Maria Reilly retired and met Jim Rielly whilst volunteering at Vinnies. They married at the age of 80 years old. 

She is a devoted parishioner of St Agnes Matraville, where she goes to mass every Saturday evening. The 104-year-old mom is also a member of The Castlereagh (Catholic Club Limited). 

Matraville Soldiers’ Settlement Public School Joins NSW’s New School Hours Trial By Term 3

Eight schools in New South Wales, including Matraville Soldiers’ Settlement Public School, may shift to new school hours as part of a trial that will scrap the traditional 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. school day. 

The shifted school hours, which will begin by Term 3 (18 July 2022), are expected to run for 20 weeks in partnership with local businesses, sporting clubs, and community organisations that will be offering high-quality after-school activities for the children.

The initiative will also allow busy parents to manage their time, especially with congested pick-ups and drop-offs that eat up their hours for work and other important obligations mid-morning or mid-afternoon. 

Matraville dad David Chalmers welcomed the change. He has two kids attending Matraville Soldiers’ Settlement Public who are eager to try out new activities after their classes as they wait for their parents to be done with work.

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said that schools joining the pilot are not expected to change their teaching hours but they now have the option to tap other sectors to expand and implement activities that will support the needs of the kids “whilst their parents manage commitments.” 

“The reality is that the traditional school day, like the 9 to 5 workday, is a 20th-century concept which may not be the best model for 21st-century families, schools and the community,” Ms Mitchell said.  

“This research pilot will give us a better understanding of what schools are already doing, and how we can expand on or implement effective practices at similar schools.”

“We want to offer greater support and comfort to parents, knowing that their kids are safe and happy taking part in a homework club in the school library, a dance class in the school hall or soccer practice on the school oval,” Premier Dominic Perrottet said.

The schools participating in this pilot research are:

  • Cawdor Public School
  • Hanwood Public School
  • Hastings Secondary College
  • Kentlyn Public School
  • Matraville Soldier’s Settlement Public School
  • Orange High School
  • Spring Hill Public School
  • Tacking Point Public School