With a $20 million investment from the NSW Government in a $65 million dollar revitalisation, the community space will include a café, museum, multi-purpose recreation and function space and an international standard netball court.
The Royal Hall of Industries will become the Sydney Swans Headquarters and Community Centre, allowing the expansion of school and community programs. It will also be home to:
- NSW Swifts Netball Club
- Sydney Swans Academy
- future Sydney Swans AFL Women’s Team
- Adam Goodes’ and Michael O’Loughlin’s GO Foundation
- Clontarf Foundation for Indigenous education
- Australian Red Cross Blood Service donation centre.
A new gateway to the Entertainment Quarter will be created by connecting an outdoor entertainment space between the buildings with the light rail. Work is expected to get underway by the middle of 2019 subject to design, planning and development approvals.
The Hordern Pavilion’s heritage value and position as a premier live music and entertainment venue will remain under the major renovation.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the Royal Hall of Industries and Hordern Pavilion has a special place in the hearts of Sydneysiders. It has always been a location for the people and it is great to see that history embraced and respected.
“This exciting new project will create a vibrant community place that respects the great cultural, architectural and heritage significance of these iconic venues,” Ms Berejiklian said.