Our plan for improvements and upgrades in Randwick City
Our Community Our Future (OCOF) is Randwick City Council's plan for the future; how we will continue to provide you with great services and facilities and deliver exciting new projects.
OCOF commenced in July 2018 and will provide $19M funding for a wide range of improvement projects and upgrades across Randwick City expected to be complete by 2025.
How is it funded?
Our Community Our Future is funded through a Special Rate Variation (SRV) paid by each ratepayer in Randwick City. The SRV applies across three financial years (2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21).
The SRV was approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal in May 2018 following significant community consultation with local residents in late 2017 and early 2018.
For the average residential ratepayer paying about $1,200 a year in rates, the cost of the SRV is about an extra $68 per year to fund the Our Community Our Future projects.
Council consulted with the community between 1 December 2017 and 1 February 2018. This timing was to meet IPART’s requirements. An information pack was sent to every ratepayer with the opportunity to provide feedback via a survey or through information sessions and workshops.
Find out more by visiting the Our Community Our Future Your Say Randwick web page or download the following documents:
- Fact Sheet - Our Community Our Future (116 KB) (pdf)
- Community Engagement Report - Our Community Our Future (2.29 MB) (pdf)
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For more information about Our Community our Future projects, contact Council's Major Projects Team on 1300 722 542 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Community our Future new major projects
World events have renewed people’s concern around safety and Randwick City Council has a responsibility to help protect crowded places from terrorism. As a popular tourism destination, many of our town centres, parks and beaches attract thousands of visitors on any given day. Council has a responsibility to make these places safer through protective infrastructure. These elements will be carefully designed to be functional and also blend with the landscape as much as possible.
La Perouse Museum
The La Perouse Museum was handed over the from the State Government to Randwick Council in 2017 for a 21-year lease. Substantial work is required to repair and restore this significant heritage building. Council is currently consulting with the local community about the future of this building and exploring possible reuse opportunities including an expanded collection, cultural facilities, function and café facilities.
Addressing domestic violence
Domestic violence is the biggest social issue of our time with domestic violence related incidents taking up a significant amount of police resources. Council is working closely with local police and service providers to provide assistance and support to tackle this important issue.
Council is providing funding from 2018 to 2023 to local domestic violence support agencies in Randwick City to increase outreach services to three days. Outreach services provide direct support and assistance for women and children affected by domestic violence. In addition, Council is allocating affordable rental housing specifically for women and children exiting emergency refuges and into more stable medium-term accommodation.
Council is also leading by example in our industry by adopting a new policy providing support and assistance for Council staff members experiencing domestic violence.
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Undergrounding powerlines to increase tree planting opportunities
Overhead powerlines are not only unsightly, but they reduce street tree planting opportunities and are more susceptible to failure. Council is allocating annual funding to identify and plan for the removal of powerlines from our streets and town centres. Powerlines along Coogee Bay Road are being undergrounded and design work is under way on undergrounding powerlines in The Spot, Randwick.
Arts & Cultural Centre
Randwick City has a thriving artistic community, but we do not have a dedicated arts centre. Council is exploring options for either a stand-alone arts and cultural centre or incorporating arts and cultural facilities within existing Council public buildings and halls. A new Arts and Cultural Strategy is in development.
Randwick Literary Institute
The historic building is being handed to Council from the NSW State Government and it requires substantial work to restore and repair its original heritage fabric. Council will explore potential future uses for this important building in consultation with the local community.
Council Customer Service Centre and offices
Council is commencing initial planning into options to repair and upgrade Council’s offices in Randwick to bring the 1960s building up to modern standards. The project will also involve investigating how best to provide face-to-face customer service for local residents interacting with Council.
Maroubra indoor sports centre and gymnastics centre
The Heffron Park Masterplan identifies the need to rebuild the existing gymnasium and indoor sports centres located along Bunnerong Road in Maroubra. Both of these buildings are dated and are no longer effectively servicing the community. Council is also working with the South Sydney Rabbitohs to relocate their headquarters, training facilities and Souths CARES facilities to Heffron Park. This is being funded with Council, State, Federal and Souths funding. Current plans are to incorporate the indoor gymnastics centre, indoor sports centre and Souths facilities into one building.
The ICT Digital Strategy outlines the digital strategy and major project initiatives that will give Randwick Council the technological edge to become a smart city and be a leader in the delivery of services through digital channels.
Other major projects include
- New public plazas in Randwick and Kingsford town centres
- Randwick Environment Park upgrade
- Increasing accessibility by building footpaths on both sides of streets in priority locations
Buildings for our Community projects
The following proposed projects have existing funding under Council’s Buildings for our Community program that was first introduced in 2010. Since that time, the scope or priority of the projects has changed and additional funding is required to deliver these projects to meet current expectations
Projects in planning
- South Maroubra Surf Club Toilets
- La Perouse Toilets
- Matraville Youth and Cultural Hall
- Malabar Memorial Hall (South Matraville Hall at Malabar Library)
Projects under construction
- Randwick Community Nursery
- Snape Park Dressing Shed (Amenities Masterplan)
- Southern Suburbs Youth Facility
- Clovelly Community & Childcare Centre
- Clovelly Senior Centre
- Popplewell Park – Childcare Centre
- Coogee Bus Shelter, Kiosk & Toilets
- Kingsford Town Centre Toilets
- Burnie Park Hall
- Maroubra Beach Community Centre
- Matraville Shopping Centre Toilets
- Randwick Cemetery Toilets and Storage
Mahon Pool Amenities Building
Council has constructed a new amenities building and clubhouse for the Seals Winter Swim Club at Mahon Pool in Maroubra. The new facilities were opened on 12 September 2019 and funded as part of the Our Community Our Future program and Council’s previous Buildings for our Community program. The original OCOF plan included provision for a cafe as part of the project, however this was subsequently ruled out by Councillors following community consultation.
Malabar Jet Boat Rescue Boat Storage
Council has upgraded and improved the storage facility for the Offshore Rescue Boat service operated by Surf Life Saving NSW. The Jet Rescue Boat provides lifesaving support services along the Randwick City coastline. This project involved upgrading and improving the functionality of the boat storage facility located at Malabar to enable to volunteer crew to launch the boat more quickly during emergencies.