South Sydney lose dream high performance centre after Federal Government pulls pin JOSH MASSOUD THE DAILY TELEGRAPH DECEMBER 19, 2013 11:00PM 6 COMMENTS 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 A paragraph midway through the 276-page document unequivocally states the Heffron Park package has been withdrawn from the upcoming budget.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."