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Mary Davies Library and Community Centre, City of Rockingham
New build or refurbishment: refurbishment
Budget: $12.6 million
Architect: Site Architecture
Project completed: 19/05/2014
The opening of the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre expanded the City of Rockingham Library Service to include a fourth branch. As the only combined community centre and library facility within the library service, this building offered a unique opportunity to capitalise on the benefits of co-locating a busy library, child health services and hireable community spaces.
The community served by the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre is one that has been and still is undergoing great changes. The population of this once rural community has grown exponentially from 1,000 in 2001, 6000 in 2006 to 16,500 in 2011. This region continues to experience exponential growth and has a current estimated population of 28,200.
The Baldivis community has a diverse population with a heavy emphasis on families with young children. There is high birth rate and a growing number of disengaged young people due to lack of facilities and access to public transport options. There are an increasing number of migrants settling in the region along with large communities of fly in/ fly out and Navy families.