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Gawler Civic Centre

The primary purpose of the Gawler Civic Centre is to revitalise and redevelop existing Main Street, community buildings that will drive economic growth, create new jobs and strengthen the social and cultural base of Gawler and the broader region. Social connection, community celebration and lifelong learning are key outcomes for this unique, regional facility.

The Gawler Civic Centre contains six business functions that intend to collectively deliver significant community and economic development in the region, namely:

  1. Gawler Public Library
  2. Cultural Heritage Centre
  3. Function Venues and Meeting Rooms
  4. Youth Space
  5. Business Innovation Hub
  6. Social Enterprise Café
Inside Of Civic Centre Draft

A true community facility, developed and driven by the local community, creating the pre-eminent social, cultural, heritage and business innovation centre for the region.

The Gawler Civic Centre has a wide range of products and services to offer, delivered both separately and collectively via the six functional areas. Collaboratively these offerings will enable the Gawler Civic Centre to once again be the service centre for the broader Gawler region.

Collaborative products and services that will provide diverse value to the wider Gawler community include: education and training programs, social and community wellbeing services and partnership delivery models.

The Gawler Civic Centre aims to provide a genuine, new cultural tourism experience, be an economic driver and a community connection point for the region.

The Practical Completion date is 19th January 2019. Whilst this reflects a construction completion date, time needs to be added for defect rectification, decanting and relocation before functional areas can operate from the building. In this respect, it is anticipated that the building will be in full operation by 1st March 2019.

Gawler Civic Centre Presentation

Please visit the Gawler Civic Centre Facebook page for regular photo updates on the construction progress.

Key outcomes of the Gawler Civic Centre are to create an iconic, functional hub that will bring people, business and new employment opportunities to the Gawler CBD and establish a sense of belonging, well-being and support for the region through increased business activity, community events and interaction.

Outcomes of the Gawler Civic Centre are grounded in a strong desire by Council to build a stronger, more diversified and economically sustainable local and regional community and economy.

Shared outcomes include: education and lifelong learning, social interaction and safe community spaces.

Each functional area within the Gawler Civic Centre will provide a range of different products and services and therefore a variety of community outcomes. Targeting the local community is the initial priority, however servicing the regional catchment and drawing visitors from across South Australia are key medium to long term strategies.

The simple notion, but complex act, of truly connecting our community will be critical in achieving the aspirations of the Gawler Civic Centre. High-quality, inclusive programming will be one driver behind this community connection.

This project is being jointly funded by the Australian Government through the National Stronger Regions Fund ($5.6M), and the Town of Gawler.

Community Information

September 2018:

Business Innovation Hub operator announcement

“Council is excited to announce that MediaDigitalX has been engaged to manage the Business Innovation Hub (Hub) within the Gawler Civic Centre,” said Mayor Redman. “The Hub will be a membership based facility encouraging collaboration and the use digital technologies and solutions to work smarter and grow.”

Volunteers wanted for the Gawler Civic Centre

As the Gawler Civic Centre redevelopment nears completion, the Town of Gawler is seeking expressions of interest from members of the public who would like to provide professional, personalised and informative guided tours of the completed facility. Tours are planned to be held every day once the Centre officially opens in early 2019.

Council will provide all selected Civic Centre volunteers with the training and support that they require to successfully participate in this exciting new volunteer program.

Register your interest now.

July 2018:

“Council is excited to announce that Red Centre Enterprises has been engaged to manage the Social Enterprise Café within the Gawler Civic Centre,” said Mayor Redman. “Red Centre Enterprises will operate an Australian Bush Foods Social Enterprise Café that uses the best of local South Australian produce, provides high quality meals and have a positive cultural impact within the local community.”

April 2018:

May is History month...The Town of Gawler are directly involved with two South Australian History Festival events, including a Gawler Historic Hotel Walking Tour and an informative talk - Gawler: Past, Present and Future. Bookings are essential for both events and can be made via the Gawler Visitor Information Centre, in person, or by phoning (08) 8522 9260.

February 2018:

GigCity Adelaide network is coming to the Business Innovation Hub within the new Gawler Civic Centre! Read the exciting announcement, including explanation of this high-speed (ten-gigabit) connection here.

As the redevelopment has advanced, it has become clear that significant but unforeseen remediation works are required, particularly with regard to the heritage stonework, drainage and waterproofing of these historic civic buildings. Read more from Mayor Redman here.

2017:

Gawler Club - history and their temporary move from the Town Hall/Institute.

The Gawler Civic Centre redevelopment project was awarded to Badge Constructions (SA) Pty Ltd, in March 2017. Further information here.

Unfortunately there will be no pedestrian access along the western side of High Street during the Gawler Civic Centre Redevelopment. However, the footpath on the eastern side of High Street has been recently upgraded to maintain pedestrian access.

A temporary fence will be placed along the centre of High Street to create a secure building site. Traffic signals are being erected to ensure that the two-way flow of vehicles is maintained throughout construction.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause but these traffic management measures are key to delivering a safe and successful redevelopment.

The Town of Gawler has worked closely with MPH Architects to develop the final plans and imagery for the Gawler Civic Centre.

To view the Gawler Civic Centre Construction Drawings click here.
To view the Gawler Civic Centre Visual Perspectives click here.

MPH Architects

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For more information on hiring the Gawler Civic Centre please contact the Civic Centre Operations Coordinator, Sam Irrgang: Phone: 8522 9267 Email: sam.irrgang@gawler.sa.gov.au