Heffron Hall and Albert Sloss Reserve upgrade
East Sydney’s ageing Heffron Hall will receive a 21st century makeover to provide a brand new sustainable facility for cultural, creative and community use.
Across the road from Eternity Playhouse, the refurbishment of Heffron Hall will complement the area and help strengthen East Sydney’s creative hub.
The refurbishment of the hall will make it possible to run more activities for more people. New multipurpose spaces will be available for community hire, and there will be improved out-of-hours school care facilities for up to 30 children.
The 1966 building will be more accessible and open it up to natural light and the neighbouring Albert Sloss Reserve. The reserve will also be renewed as part of these works, with new play equipment and better access.
Play equipment includes a slippery dip, rope-climbing tunnel and basket swing, a fairy garden and nature-inspired play elements (see artist's impression above).
We will improve access from Palmer Street, increase the grass area and provide new paths, seating and energy-efficient lighting. Three trees will be removed to provide better access from Palmer Street with a ramp.
Construction is expected to start in late 2014.
As part of this renewal, we consulted with the community about the proposed name for the new centre and reserve - the 'East Sydney Community and Arts Centre'. Council endorsed the name in June 2014.
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Last updated: Monday, 25 August 2014