Hallett Cove Library Community Enterprise Centre
The Hallett Cove library community enterprise centre is taking shape, with construction set to start. We have been working with the community to identify what services and programs people would like it to deliver, as well as what the precinct and external spaces should look like.
The $13.4 million Hallett Cove, library, community and enterprise centre will be built on Ramrod Reserve adjacent to Hallett Cove Shopping Centre and will feature:
- A modern library with an estimated 35,000 books, e-books, magazines and DVDs.
- A community hall for up to 280 people and meeting rooms.
- A computer training suite with wi-fi and broadband.
- Meeting facilities and resources for local businesses.
- A children’s toy library.
- A plaza that incorporates public art.
Funded by the City of Marion and the Australian Government under the Regional Development Initiatives.
Electrical and telecommunications work is underway to prepare the site, while a tender has been called for a builder to construct the $13.4 million centre.
A flyer updating the community on the project has been distributed to 8000 homes and businesses in the area. You can obtain a copy of the flyer by visiting the Making Marion website.
Once the tenderer is appointed, building work is expected to start by September 2013 and be finished late in 2014.
What the area will look like
Part of Ragamuffin Drive between Ramrod Avenue and Olivier Terrace will be redesigned to turn it into a shared pedestrian, vehicle and cycle road, creating a bold entry statement to the precinct.
Extra street trees will be planted and cobblestone 'rumble strips' installed while on-street parking will be created.
Extensive community consultation over many years has helped shape the design and concept of the centre.
The design has been inspired by the natural features of the coastline. It will be a green-friendly building with solar panels to minimise electricity use and recycled rainwater for irrigation and plumbing.
Two initial community design workshops were held on 6 and 20 August where the community attended to provide input into the design of the external spaces and forecourt area, as well as hear how their input had been considered in the more detailed design.
If you would like to register for future engagement opportunities and project updates, please email our Community Engagement Coordinator at email@example.com or call 8375 6600.
Funding the project
Council has allocated up to $10 million in its long term financial plan, and on 9 May 2012 was successful in receiving Federal Government funding for $3.4 million within the Federal budget.
CEO Mark Searle announced that The Commonwealth Government Budget papers contained the following statements:
"The Government will provide $3.4 million in 2011-12 as a contribution to the Cove Enterprise Hub in Hallett Cove South Australia. The Cove Enterprise Hub project will provide an improved library service, a community hall and expanded community and business meeting places."
- Download the media release about the federal funding announcement: Hallett Cove library a go(35 kb)
The project scope includes a business enterprise hub which will provide services and support to existing and developing business.
- A YouTube video supporting the Cove Enterprise Hub concept describes how the enterprise, library and community centre will integrate, as well as the benefits to the local community and to the region.
Council is working with Hassell Architects and other consultants to develop concept plans for the new facility.
Marion South Plan
Council has been implementing a range of initiatives in southern Marion as part of its long term Marion South Plan. Local revitalisation efforts achieved in the South to date include the completion of Patpa Drive, the redevelopment of the Hallett Cove Shopping Centre by the Makris Group and the development of the Surfers Café in Hallett Cove.
Ramrod Reserve is the proposed location for the new facility.
With its prominent location and bold design, the planned building will become an iconic landmark for the area. The proposed facility will provide a dynamic and distinctive hub for community activity, housing a state of the art library and flexible community spaces.<>
The building design will meet Green Building Council of Australia's 5 Green Star Rating. The proposed concept design features a 2210 m2 building and car parks adjacent to Lonsdale Road.
|Library (including workroom and reception)||1150 m2|
|Meeting Rooms (with flexible wall configuration)||175 m2|
|Foyer and Public Entry||195 m2|
|Stores, toilets and circulation||334 m2|
Supporting a Dynamic Local Economy
The building of a combined library, business and community centre and the redevelopment of the Cove Youth Centre at Hallett Cove will not only deliver much needed community facilities, it will also contribute to sustainable economic development in the South.
It is a substantial building project which will create jobs and further stimulate the local economy. The long term economic benefits associated with the provision of quality community facilities ensures Marion South continues to support and engage its local communities.