THE CAMPERDOWN COMMONS STORY
Camperdown Commons is a community revitalisation project by Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club,
with an ongoing vision to provide our community relevant venues and spaces.
The Camperdown Project was developed in 2013 in response to an Expression of Interest issued by the then Marrickville Council (now Inner West Council) to appoint a new lessee for the Camperdown Bowling Club Site.
The vision - which was refined through extensive community consultation, was to provide valuable low-rise facilities, and much needed green space and recreation for our neighbours and guests. This approach was made possible thanks to support for our vision from Inner West Council, the custodian of this Crown land.
What is Camperdown Project?
Camperdown Project Pty Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club which was established as a standalone company to develop and operate the Camperdown Bowling Club site into a relevant hub for the community.
Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club is a registered not-for-profit club that has been operating in the inner west since 1947 with a long proud history of supporting the community in Sydney’s inner west.
As the site lessee, Camperdown Project oversees all operations and adherence to its commitment to ensure the space operates for the benefit of the community through access to the facility and free space hire opportunities for ‘The Commons Spaces’. Pocket City Farms (‘PCF’) operates an independent on-site urban farm, recreational activities and urban farming workshops.
In June 2016 Camperdown Commons opened the unique recreation space to provide the Community with:
a café; restaurant; functions & events spaces; community spaces for hire; urban farm; open green space and an outdoor kid’s play space - in Partnership with our urban farm operator (Pocket City Farms) and the inaugural hospitality operator (acre)
From June 2021 as we reach our 5th Birthday, Camperdown Commons continues to provide the Community with recreational spaces to gather, relax, experience and learn, providing;
a café ‘THE COMMONS container’, unique spaces for ‘functions & events’, community spaces for hire
‘THE COMMONS spaces’, urban farm ‘Pocket City Farms’; open green space; kids play space
A new ‘farm to table’ dining venue will be opening soon, as the site is reinvigorated with a
‘new experience’, and ‘Camperdown Commons’ manages the sites hospitality operations.
With the restaurant, outdoor terraces and bar reopening dates & exciting news to be announced soon!
The original vision for the revitalised site was to create a facility that is accessible to all walks of life: a space where locals could meet, where community could access free and subsidised meeting spaces, participate in recreational programmes, savour open green space, engage with a working urban farm, and enjoy farm to table dining experiences.
“In the past 5 years, we have never wavered from that vision,”
said Mr Dean Thomas Company Secretary of Camperdown Project Pty Ltd and CEO of Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club.
Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club operates a group of companies, providing for many communities.
- Creators of relevant community hubs
- Providers of hospitality & recreation venues
- Facilitators of learning & development
- CONTRIBUTING TO OUR COMMUNITY
The CHP Group of companies support and contribute to community groups either directly through schools, sporting clubs and other community groups, or indirectly through registered charities and welfare service providers.
Our hubs are spread across the greater community and are developed and maintained as a relevant provision for each individual community.
It is our goal to provide for the present and to continue innovate for the future.
CAMPERDOWN COMMONS – Camperdown
CAMPERDOWN TENNIS – Camperdown
CANTERBURY-HURLSTONE PARK RSL CLUB – Hurlstone Park
CHP SCHOOL OF HOSPITALITY – Hurlstone Park
ANYTIME FITNESS – Hurlstone Park
MAGPIE SPORTS CLUB – Croydon Park
BARGO SPORTS CLUB - Bargo