About the City of Marion

The City of Marion is a local government area in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia.

It is one of the state’s larger metropolitan councils covering an area of about 55 km sq, and is located 10 km south of Adelaide stretching from the Glenelg tramline in Glandore to the coastal suburb of Hallett Cove.

Our population of about 88,900 residents is showing healthy growth, due in part to overseas migration which welcomes newcomers from countries such as the United Kingdom, India, China, the Philippines, the eastern countries of Africa and many others.

The area features a diversity of housing, topography and cultures and has a significant industrial sector. Marion is home to the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre, the Marion Cultural Centre and Westfield Marion Shopping Centre.

The City of Marion is a place characterised by diversity and change. Seven kilometres of rugged and beautiful coastline, hundreds of hectares of open space and bushland lie side by side with modern suburban development. Marion is looking at a future full of opportunity based on an economy which ranges from retail and advanced manufacturing to clean tech industries, and a focus on learning, community participation and sustainability.

Some of the country’s most modern transit oriented development and the international standard State Aquatic Centre together with a state-of-the-art GP Plus Health Care Centre have forged ahead here, as we also look forward to redevelopment opportunities at the former Hills Industry and Mitsubishi sites, together with the upgrade of South Road. The Oaklands Park station and the electrification of rail lines are other major opportunities to contribute to a more sustainable future for Marion.

The southern communities of Hallett Cove and Sheidow Park continue to experience significant growth, including a new shopping centre redevelopment and connector road supported by council as part of its South Plan. The Housing Trust redevelopment at Mitchell Park and future affordable housing initiatives will also support increased community wellbeing.

Our two vibrant cultural centres, and community festivals such as Marion Celebrates, are evidence of the active and growing community cultures in the area.

Council is also committed to establishing a Great Southern Urban Forest, which will provide corridors of open space for recreation and biodiversity linking Adelaide’s southern hills to the sea. Water is seen as a critical issue, and we are building on the success of pioneering projects such as the Warriparinga Wetlands. New wetlands are planned at Oaklands Park, Glade Crescent and Hallett Cove, and water sensitive urban design will be used in all future projects.

With a focus on the future also comes appreciation of the past. Geological formations more than 600 million years old are visible at the coastal suburb of Hallett Cove located at the southern tip of the Marion Council area. Over eons, the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains have gathered along the Sturt River at Warriparinga which means ‘windy place by the river’. The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre was built on this spot to ensure that the culture and the Dreaming Story of the land is preserved and passed on from generation to generation.

Colonial settlement in the 1830s established the Marion village. Early industries centred around farming, vineyards and almond orchards along the Sturt River, which earned Marion the title ‘The Garden of Adelaide’.

Modern Marion looks forward to a future of change, growth and resilience based on understanding and learning from its diverse histories and a capacity to build on its many community strengths.

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