South Sydney Rabbitohs’ Player Jai Arrow Purchases New Maroubra Dream Home

South Sydney Rabbitohs player Jai Arrow has purchased his first home in Maroubra, just a few streets away from the team’s new, $58-million training complex.

Jai Arrow, who relocated from Queensland three years ago, purchased a fully renovated three-bedroom home for $2.24 million in the second week of the auction.

The 235 sqm property boasts a black kitchen, a Herringbone floored living and dining area, a covered deck, and a west-facing garden. The master retreat features a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite. Despite its impressive features, the property was sold below the average price of $2.47 million for a three-bedroom house in the suburb.

Jai Arrow may have just purchased his first home in Sydney, but he continues to hold properties in Queensland, where he previously played for the Gold Coast Titans. He has a three-bedroom home in Burleigh Heads that he purchased for $635,000 in 2019. Then there is his 1970s Palm Beach property which he acquired for $750,000 the following year.

The median house price in Maroubra is currently hovering around $2.50 million. Recently, a house was sold for a staggering $18.45 million; that is 30 per cent more than the previous local record and even outshines the house price records of Coogee, Clovelly, and South Coogee.

Conveniently located just 10km from the CBD, Maroubra is connected to its urban neighbours, Kingsford and Randwick, and the residential Matraville, with Martin Place only a 35-minute bus ride away.

Published 30-April-2023

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. 

Heffron Centre Development: Concept Design Unveiled, Project to Bring 200 Jobs

The concept design for the Heffron Centre development in Maroubra has been unveiled following a public consultation in April 2020. The planned multi-purpose, state-of-the-art sports facility will move on with the development application, with an estimated target date of construction in mid-2021. 

The new Heffron Centre will include two indoor sports halls with spectator seating and ample storage spaces. This site will house the Community and High-Performance headquarters of the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Souths Cares. 

Lecture rooms, gymnastic zones, training and operational areas, bathrooms for athletes and guests, as well as a merchandise shop were incorporated in the design, based on the residents of the locals. 

Photo Credit: CO-OP Studio/Randwick City Council

Part of the centre will also include a cafe within an open plaza with both indoor and outdoor seating. The plaza is envisioned as a community hub for relaxation and socialisation.

Photo Credit: CO-OP Studio/Randwick City Council

An internal street will be built to link these facilities and connect the front and back of the site. Visitor areas for viewing the NRL training field will also be established. 

“The concept designs have been informed by community feedback and are the result of more than four years of hard work, research, consultation and planning,” Randwick Mayor Danny Said stated in the unveiling of the concept design. “This is an exciting project that will see grassroots and elite sports co-exist at Heffron Park. It will also see the Rabbitohs move to their supporter heartland in Maroubra,” Mr Said added. 

Randwick City Council and the South Sydney Rabbitohs were able to secure about $21 million in state and federal funding for the Heffron Centre. About 200 jobs will be generated once construction starts, with at least 60 ongoing jobs to be retained once the site is operational. 

The Council expects the development to be completed in late 2022.