City Services upgrade

Find out how the City of Marion's depot will be upgraded to provide better services to the community.

City Limits Magazine Issue 45 April 2014 Front Cover

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

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The ageing City of Marion works depot is set to be replaced with a modern complex to support the delivery of services to the community for the next 40 years.

Marion Council recently called a tender to redevelop the 52-year-old City Services depot on its existing site at Marion Road, Marion.

The facility is the operational base for council to construct and maintain the community’s parks, playgrounds, footpaths, roads and network of stormwater drainage.

The redevelopment, which will be home to about 200 staff and 17 separate work units, will feature:

  • General storage area and new workshop
  • Vehicle workshop, including a service pit and welding bay
  • Office space, incorporating a lunchroom and a kitchen
  • Parking for staff and visitors

Mayor Felicity-ann Lewis said a tender had been called for the long overdue redevelopment of the site, which has a total cost of about $14.3 million.

“The redevelopment will result in better planned, more efficient buildings, enabling staff to improve the level of service to the community,” Dr Lewis said.

“The current site has been operating since 1962 and despite some small improvements over the years, staff are mainly working in transportable huts, which we believe is unacceptable.”

If the tenders are within budget, work is expected to start in September this year and be completed late next year.

“Staff will continue to serve the community from the facility during construction,” Dr Lewis said.

“The new City Services will be a high-performing operations hub capable of supporting the city’s roads, reserves and 85,000 residents for more than 40 years.”

Dr Lewis said council’s Long Term Financial Plan includes the redevelopment, which will be funded by borrowings and the possible sale of surplus land at City Services.

City Limits Magazine

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