Cove Civic Centre - $13.4 million centre shaping up

Read an update about the Cove Civic Centre to see how construction of the new $13.4 million state-of-the-art centre is progressing.

City Limits Magazine Issue 45 April 2014 Front Cover

This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 45 - April 2014.

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Just six months after construction work began the foundations of the new $13.4 million state-of-the-art Cove Civic Centre have been laid and the building’s giant steel frame is about to be erected.

Work to build a new car park at the nearby Baptist Church has been completed, while work has started on a car park at the Lutheran Church.

As the library, community and enterprise centre takes shape, building work is scheduled to begin mid-year on Ragamuffin Drive between Ramrod Avenue and Oliver Terrace to create a road that can be shared by pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.

Trees will be planted, cobblestone rumble strips installed and space made for on-street parking.

Cove Civic Centre Construction imageBiofiltration beds along Ragamuffin Drive that clean stormwater will be one of many ‘green friendly’ features in and around the facility, manager strategic projects John Valentine said.

“Natural ventilation will reduce reliance on air-conditioning while special glazing will reduce the heat from windows,” Mr Valentine said.

“The building design maximises the use of natural daylight, which along with solar panels will help minimise electricity consumption.”

Building work is expected to be completed late this year with the centre fully operational in early 2015.

Cove CivicCentre will feature:

  • Access to 35,000 books, e-books, magazines, CDs 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

The centre will continue to host established library programs ranging from baby bounce and story telling to scrabble and book discussions.

New activities will also be developed to support local businesses, community, arts, and cultural groups.

The City of Marion has contributed $10 million towards the construction of Cove Civic Centre with $3.4 million provided by the Federal Government.


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