Almost a decade ago, Harbord Diggers recognised that it was no longer sustainable in its current form with over $9.2million lost over six years.
To sustain its operations for the enjoyment of future generations, the club identified that it must diversify its services and develop new contemporary facilities to ensure it becomes a profitable social enterprise.
In mid-2011, Harbord Diggers commenced a community consultation, urban design and planning process to prepare a master plan to guide the future use of the club, the site and the Freshwater Headland - now the Harbord Diggers redevelopment project. The outcome of the process was approval of a site master plan, which obtained significant community support.
In September 2013 the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) approved the Stage One Development Application (DA) for the project. The Stage One Development Application approval (master plan approval) outlined the building envelopes (footprint, setbacks, and heights), layout and uses permitted on the site. Approval was gained to develop a new club, members’ areas, seniors’ living village, professional childcare facility, community facilities and state-of-the-art fitness and aquatic centre.
The next step required the preparation of a Development Application to articulate the detailed design of the various buildings, comprehensive technical studies of the proposed development and confirmation of the location of various uses onsite. As a result, Mounties Group lodged this Development Application in early August 2014. The development of this plan involved significant consultation with members of the Northern Beaches community, as well as other interested groups and stakeholders.
In late 2014, the Joint Regional Planning Panel approved this Development Application, allowing the club to commence finer plans for the redevelopment of the site. Harbord Diggers is extremely proud that the club’s Development Application gained approval by the JRPP – an outcome that is the result of significant hard work and strong support from the community, members and loyal club supporters.
With final development approval received, the club commenced construction of the project in 2016, with major works now taking place for Stage 1 of the project.