Open for Business

Open for Business

Business success is essential to the future of the City of Marion as a place to live, learn, work, and invest and do business.  

We are committed to working in partnership with industry, community and government to ensure that our area supports business and promotes collaboration, innovation and creativity.

We have created a guide to get you started and to help you connect with the right services and the right people.

Setting the scene

The City of Marion is strongly committed to fostering a dynamic and growing local economy.

The Community Vision - Towards 2040 (which you can find on the Marion's Strategic Directions page) was endorsed by Council in December 2013 and has as one of its shared values and aspirations: the development of a prosperous city which will have a diverse and clean economy that attracts investment and jobs.

The Council’s Economic Development Policy(41 kb), adopted in October 2011 reinforces the importance of business in the City of Marion and states that the Council will provide services that contribute to the creation and maintenance of a supportive local business environment.

Council’s Small Business Support Strategy(167 kb) outlines a number of activities that the Council are undertaking to help foster new and grow existing businesses. More information can be found under Local Business Support.


Southern Adelaide Economic Development Board

Southern Adelaide offers an unparalleled quality of life, smart and connect communities, a resilient and growing economy, and is SA’s most accessible and appealing tourism destination.

A strong partnership exists between the City of Marion, City of Onkaparinga and the Southern Adelaide Economic Development Board who together have developed a Strategic Plan which sets out Five Economic Priorities to position Southern Adelaide as the best place to live, work, invest, visit and do business


The Five Economic Priorities are:

  • Growth Precincts
  • Regional approach to the visitor and lifestyle economy
  • Integrated transport and infrastructure
  • Vibrant business community
  • Smart Region

The purpose of the Southern Adelaide Economic Development Board is to provide industry leadership to further develop the Southern Adelaide economy, to influence the decision-making of organisations and individuals which will have a positive impact on the future of the region, and to promote the region as a location for business success.

Board members

  • Nikki Govan: Chair
  • Professor Colin Stirling
  • Paul Sandercock
  • Pip Forrester
  • Richard Turner
  • Terry Burgess

Further information about the Southern Adelaide Economic Development Board visit the Southern Adelaide Economic Development Board website.


Snapshot of Marion

The City of Marion is located about 10km south-west of the Adelaide CBD, covers 55 square kms and stretches from the Glenelg tramline in the north to Hallett Cove in the south.

It is one of South Australia’s larger metropolitan Councils and has a diverse economic base that is primarily centred around the Edwardstown industrial area, Science Park, Clovelly Park including the Tonsley redevelopment.

Retail also plays an important role in the commercial life of the city with three major shopping centres at Hallett Cove, Castle Plaza and Westfield Marion which is the largest in South Australia.

As well as the Westfield development, the Marion Regional Centre is home to the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre, a FINA grade swimming complex, the Marion Cultural Centre incorporating a theatre, art gallery, restaurant and library, a GP+ Health Centre and a range of other service operations both private and government.

In addition, Flinders University and Flinders Medical Centre, both situated adjacent to Science Park, are major employers and have a significant influence on the area.

The economic base is dominated in absolute numbers by small businesses, many of which are home-based.

The former Mitsubishi Motors assembly plant at Tonsley is in the process of being completely redeveloped as an integrated employment, education and residential precinct. A new TAFE has been established on the site and Flinders University is moving its School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics into a new 6 storey building due for completing early in 2015. Targets for the development are some 6,300 jobs, over 2,000 students and 1,500 residents.


Contact Us 

The City of Marion works in partnership with a number of organisations across the region to encourage economic and business development, to promote sustainable business practices and to comply with regulatory requirements.

To find out more about City Activation in Marion and how Council might assist, we invite you to explore Marion's business pages and related links.

Stay updated by joining the City of Marion Business email list or following us on Facebook


Donna Griffiths

Position Business Growth and Investment Officer
Contact Details Work: 08 8375 6897

Marissa Lindsay

Position Cove Business Co-ordinator
Contact Details Work: 08 8 8375 6765

Georgie Johnson

Position City Activation - Project Support Officer
Contact Details Phone: 08 83756679