Building a better community - Annual Report

Read a snapshot of the City of Marion Annual Report for 2013/14.

 City Limits Magazine Issue 47 December 2014 front coverThis article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 47 - December 2014.

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This snapshot of the Annual Report 2013/14 outlines the key achievements from a year highlighted by the opening of the $9 million Oaklands wetland.

Additionally, it shows that work began on the long-awaited $13.4 million Cove Civic Centre and $856,000 was invested in upgrading reserves.     

This overview demonstrates how council worked to provide infrastructure and services to about 87,000 residents and maintained more than $1 billion of community assets while progressing towards achieving the Community Plan – Towards 2040.

Achievements are outlined under the plan’s six themes - Liveable, Biophilic, Prosperous, Connected, Innovative and Engaged.

The plan represents the shared values and aspirations of our community and was adopted in December 2013 following the biggest community consultation in council’s history – Making Marion.

City Limits Magazine - Dec 14 - Issue 47 - Petrus familyOne of council’s most innovative projects saw Rajah Street Reserve in Oaklands Park transformed from an underused site into a multi-use sports and recreation ground following a $300,000 makeover in partnership with the Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation.

The foundation’s first national project saw it provide $200,000 while council contributed $55,000 along with design and project management expertise and a donation was received from Tennis Australia.

The reserve was opened by international tennis coach Roger Rasheed in April this year and includes two multi-purpose sports courts, a 40m running track, an irrigated grassed area, soccer goals, playground and pathways.

Luci Petrus and her family are among many residents whose lives have been enhanced by the revamped reserve.

“We love coming to Rajah Street Reserve as a family because the new play equipment is wonderful, you meet great people and there’s after school sports, including coaching for kids,” Luci said.

“My son has been taught soccer skills and now plays tennis at the reserve, I’ve started adult fitness classes and my husband coaches basketball.

“It’s a great place for families to get out in the fresh air and have fun.”

Key achievements in 2013/14


  • $856,000 of reserve upgrades
  • New library home delivery service launched
  • 6000 sq m of land bought to create open space at Jervois Street, South Plympton


  •  $9 million Oaklands wetland opened to public
  • Draft joint $23 million plan endorsed with City of Holdfast Bay to upgrade drainage network
  • Joined Biophilic Cities Citizen Science program improve community’s connection to nature


  • Tonsley TAFE opened
  • Small Business Strategy adopted to develop local economy
  • Partnered Flinders University to provide two business scholarships


  • Mike Turtur Bikeway completed
  • $1.2m concepts finalised for Railway Terrace
  • $180,000 of disability access upgrades to two sports clubs


  • Construction of $13.4 million Cove Civic Centre began
  • Rajah Street Reserve revamped
  • Partnered Touched by Olivia Foundation to develop an inclusive play space


  • $75,000 of Community Grants awarded
  • Number of registered volunteers increased from 381 to 412
  • More than 2500 people participated in Marion Learning Festival

Capital works expenditure - $25.4 million

The pie chart below outlines expenditure on community facilities and infrastructure, including roads, footpaths and drainage.

 Capital works expenditure City Limits December 2014

City Limits Magazine

The City Limits Magazine is a community publication that keeps Marion residents in touch with what is happening in their community. It includes information about major projects, council initiatives and events, as well as profiles of community members.

It is published three times a year and distributed to 40,000 residents and businesses in the Marion Council area.