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  1. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    South Sydney lose dream high performance centre after Federal Government pulls pin
    JOSH MASSOUD
    THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
    DECEMBER 19, 2013 11:00PM
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    The planned South Sydney Rabbitohs high performance community centre at Heffron Park. Source: Supplied
    SOUTH Sydney's dream to relocate to new high performance centre in Maroubra has been shattered after the Federal Government withdrew support for a $16 million package that was promised to fund the project.

    In awful Christmas news for the Rabbitohs, Treasurer Joe Hockey this week announced the money would be no longer forthcoming to pay for a state-of-the-art complex containing a gymnasium, pool, high altitude chamber, theatrette and indoors sports arena.

    Souths officials were further infuriated to learn that a $10 million funding promise for Brookvale Oval - located in the heart of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's Warringah electorate - has been retained.

    The Rabbitohs high performance centre was planned to be built in Heffron Park, with the funding to paid directly to Randwick City Council.

    Top league nursery Marcellin College was also slated to share the facility with Souths, who had banked upon moving their entire operation out of Redfern after the previous Labor Government pledged $16 million a month prior to the September election.



    New South Sydney Rabbitohs high performance community centre at Heffron Park. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied
    Those ambitions were destroyed - at least for the time being - when Hockey released his Midyear Fiscal and Economic Outlook paper this week.

    A paragraph midway through the 276-page document unequivocally states the Heffron Park package has been withdrawn from the upcoming budget.

    Under the heading, 'Heffron Park upgrade - contribution reversal', it reads: "The Government will achieve savings of $16.0 million over two years by not proceeding with funding for the Heffron Park upgrade - contribution measure announced in the Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2013.

    "The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the

    Budget and fund policy priorities."

    Heffron Park is just one of a swathe of Labor Government funding promises that Hockey has reversed, in a bid to remedy a forecast budget deficit of $47 million.

    Souths chairman Nick Pappas last night referred comment to CEO Shane Richardson, who did not return calls.


    New South Sydney Rabbitohs high performance community centre at Heffron Park. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied
    The Rabbitohs only became aware of the bad news in the past 48 hours, but are expected to continue their appeal as Redfern Oval is no longer regarded as ideal in its current state.

    Souths had previously gained State Government encouragement and support for a high performance centre across the road from their current base, but that decision was also reversed earlier this year.

    They subsequently pursued the Heffron Park plan in tandem with Randwick Council, and were delighted when the $16 million grant was approved on 7 August.

    But the emphatic change of Government a month later always carried a risk of reversal, particularly given Heffron Park is located in the blue-ribbon Labor seat of Kingsford Smith.

    Hockey's report carries no mention of funding reversals for Brookvale Oval, as well as community centres at Belmore Oval and Centrebet Stadium.

    NRL strategy boss Shane Mattiske encouraged the Rabbitohs to continue to fight.

    "When the Howard Government changed (in 2007), funding promises for the League Central building were reversed, but the NRL managed to have it built," Mattiske said.

    "There's always that risk with a change of government."
     
  2. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Surely mrs burgess could fund this from her extensive property portfolio.
     
  3. Normie

    Normie Well-Known Member

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    Watch all the whingers come out saying how hard done by Souths are and how dare they take this money away from the battlers and give it to the rich affluent Silvertails..... FFS it's just a training facility and not a neglected ground where NRL games are actually played!!!!!!!!
     
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  4. swoop

    swoop Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    If that's the case what hope have Manly got of getting any money for Brookie upgrade as promised.

    Unless the money from the Rabbits is redirected to Manly.
     
  5. Mals

    Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    We shall see but funding not being withdrawn in the budget is a good start.
     
  6. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    As I've posted, Souths have a hide. They just got 20 million from the Sydney City Council in the upgrading of Redfern oval as a training facility. And it's interesting to read that they were eyeing off land across the road from that park. Land that used to be public housing, now demolished. So much for 'Souths Cares'. And will Albanese be asked to give back his life membership in Souths, granted to him after his funding announcement. What a pack of hypocrites. A bag of total losers. Couldn't even seal the deal after leading us 14 nil. And that's after Hayne got them into that game. It just proved how valuable Hayne was to Souths and the Rorters.
     
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  7. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    At the AGM, Kerry Sibraa reported that the NRL, NSW Sports Minister, St Augustine's and Manly were all on the same page - pushing for putting Brookie into the State Trust.

    He said that the letter of the $10m commitment has been received by Manly, and is non revocable. :)

    Also a big thanks to St Augustine's, who apparently have lent Manly, free of charge, their facilities and Architects to conduct a cohesive submission :angel:

    I was pleasantly surprised when he said that the NRL accept that the strong brand of Manly, is critical to their overall presence in the 1.2m catchment living North of the Bridge :)
     
  8. swoop

    swoop Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    That was a grant such as the one Abbott announced for Brookie before the liberals were ousted in 2007. It's was all just about politics.
     
  9. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    Gee...I hope this doesn't affect Nathan Merritt's chances of SOO selection.
     
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  10. MissKate

    MissKate Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    nathan who?

    anyway as a consolation maybe they can throw a commiserations party with the $50k there local council promised for their gf celebrations
     
  11. mickqld

    mickqld Sack Greenslime 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Souffs fuming over lost funding but Brookie gets funding

    Have a go at the bull**** article from News. Another piece of Silvertail bashing while pretending to stand upfor the battlers. **** me what laugh.

    http://www.news.com.au/sport/nrl/south-sydney-lose-dream-high-performance-centre-after-federal-government-pulls-pin/story-fndujljl-1226786912110

    "SOUTH Sydney's dream to relocate to new high performance centre in Maroubra has been shattered after the Federal Government withdrew support for a $16 million package that was promised to fund the project.
    In awful Christmas news for the Rabbitohs, Treasurer Joe Hockey this week announced the money would be no longer forthcoming to pay for a state-of-the-art complex containing a gymnasium, pool, high altitude chamber, theatrette and indoors sports arena.

    Souths officials were further infuriated to learn that a $10 million funding promise for Brookvale Oval - located in the heart of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's Warringah electorate - has been retained."


    I bet Souffs officials have said nothing about the money for brookie. Another Josh Massoud beat up. What a wanker
     
  12. Peter C

    Peter C Well-Known Member

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    I can't see anything else that might affect his SOO selection,ha ha, except maybe memories of Greg Inglis.
     
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  13. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    That was hilarious. The wise judges at the Tele talked him up for years, and it was obvious to anyone who knows anything about league that he would be killed at the next level. He's a finisher not a starter - no place for that in rep footy. Despite his high number of tries he is also responsible for plenty of opposition tries.
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    The tele and selectors picked him over taufua - enough said. Hang on one more thing, that was another mistake by bozo, he hasn't had a good decade has he.
     
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  14. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    RE: Souffs fuming over lost funding but Brookie gets funding

    **** happens. Suck it up Souths you losers.
     
  15. Lord Eagleton

    Lord Eagleton Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, thats pretty good. Definitely a laugh out loud. Couldnt happen to a better team
     
  16. mozgrame

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    By South Sydney Rabbitohs
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    1:54pm Fri 20th December, 2013

    The South Sydney Rabbitohs will continue with plans to build a High Performance Community Centre at Heffron Park in the South Sydney district, despite the Federal Government announcing their withdrawal of $16 million in promised funding to Randwick City Council for the project.

    The Rabbitohs have expressed their disappointment at the Federal Government’s decision, but will continue to work hard alongside project partners Randwick City Council, Marcellin College, Souths Juniors, Souths Cares and the National Rugby League to fulfill a plan to build this high quality facility which will bring great benefits to the South Sydney community.

    The Centre will provide a new home for Souths Cares – the community service organisation established by the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2007, as well as first class community sporting facilities which will assist the Rabbitohs, South Sydney Juniors, Marcellin College and the NRL in achieving their goals of having children and young adults involved in sport and living a healthy and active life.

    Rabbitohs CEO Shane Richardson says South Sydney will continue its discussions with its community partners and Government at all levels to show them why this is a project they should get behind.

    “It was disappointing to get this news following Treasurer Hockey’s announcements this week, but we are determined to have this High Performance Community Centre built because we know of the great benefits it will bring to the community as a whole,” Mr Richardson said.

    Read the full story at Rabbitohs.com.au
     
  17. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Richardson is a weird prick. Talking as if Spuffs are a community based club....they're not Richo. And if Souths Cared, you'd hardly be thinking of lumping your high performance centre on land earmarked for public housing. Souffs really take the cake in hypocrisy.
     
  18. dowdz

    dowdz Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    hahahahahah lol@souffs.
     
  19. mickqld

    mickqld Sack Greenslime 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Hey Souffs why dont you all put on your obsolete 2013 Grand Finalists T Shirts and go **** yourselves.
     
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  20. PONTIAN SEA EAGLE

    PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

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    We deserve the funding more,we're a better side & club.
     

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