Cove Civic Centre opens

Read about the opening of the new $13.4m Cove Civic Centre.

 This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 49 - August 2015.

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The long-awaited Cove Civic Centre at Hallett Cove has opened with more than2000 people joining the official celebrations.

Mayor Kris Hanna cut the ribbon and unveiled the plaque on the $13.4 million library, enterprise and community centre on August 1.

The opening was the culmination of a spirited 20-year campaign by council and the community.

Speaking at the opening, Mr Hanna said more than 130,000 people a year are expected to use the centre.

“Cove Civic Centre is a monument to the dedication and hard work of many people over many years,” Mr Hanna said.

“With its prominent location and bold design, I am confident this building will be a popular local attraction.”

Mr Hanna paid tribute to former mayor Felicity-ann Lewis and former councillor Cheryl Connor for helping drive the project.

He said the centre is another piece of a major investment in the region, which has included a revamped Hallett Cove Shopping Centre and construction of Patpa Drive.

Cove Civic Centre, which was the result of extensive community consultation, contains:

A modern library with 35,000 books, e-books, DVDs, magazines.An enterprise centre to support business and drive jobs growth in the southern region.A hall and meeting rooms to serve the expanding local community.

The official opening kicked off a day of celebrations which included a performance from Renee Pounsett, a contestant on Channel 9’s The Voice.

Huge crowds lined up to tour the centre, giving the impressive complex the thumbs up.

Earlier, Senator Anne Ruston delivered a message on behalf of the Australian Government, which partly funded the construction, while local federal MP Amanda Rishworth spoke about the benefits the centre would bring to the community.

Ms Rishworth said the Cove Civic Centre was an example of “persistence and patience” by council and the community.

“Council, with the community right behind them, never gave up knocking on doors until it got the funding to build the centre,” Ms Rishworth said.

Hallett Cove resident Lesley Taylor, who won a competition to name the Cove Civic Centre, joined the Mayor in cutting the ribbon.

“It’s a wonderful honour to have named the building,” Ms Taylor said.

An innovative audio visual piece of art entitled Hallett Cove, One Million Years by Adelaide artist Stephen Whittington was also unveiled.

The City of Marion invested $10 million towards the project while $3.4 million was provided through the Federal Government’s Regional Development Initiatives Program.




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