Melville City Centre - Library and Cultural Centre

Melville City Centre

We have a bold vision of a future Melville City Centre that will see our current civic library site transformed into an exciting new cultural centre. The future Melville City Centre will be a place for people to gather and connect, experience culture, arts, events, entertainment and excellent dining, and will be a place to enjoy and celebrate with friends and family.

The civic and cultural heart of Melville

The proposed new library and cultural centre at the heart of the new centre will respond to our community’s aspirations, identified in our Strategic Community Plan: People, Places, and Participation 2016-2020, and will contribute significantly to our City's cultural vitality, giving our community a stronger sense of place and belonging and a cultural identity that will be unique to Melville.

Merge Festival Lights

The Library and Cultural Centre is also a key catalyst in the City’s Culture Plan – Creative Melville 2018-2022 which was informed by our major consultation in the form of the 2017 MERGE Festival which over 16,000 people experienced, and through which our residents generated over 2100 ideas about what they would like to see in the future Melville City Centre

An important project related to the future City Centre is a redevelopment of Westfield Booragoon. As a key shoppertainment destination, Westfield Booragoon could connect to the future library and cultural centre and surrounds, to become an essential part of the vibrant heart and centre of our community and City.


The library and cultural centre

The City has a long term vision to support cultural vitality through an investment in Arts, Culture, History, Literature and Learning across our City.

The future library and cultural centre is a significant project for the Melville community and an important investment in their wellbeing.

The cultural centre will be a public space that will offers strong social benefits including a sense of connection and belonging, and community new opportunities to connect and engage in one central space.A space that is safe and trusted, vibrant, accessible,  inspiring and enriching.

The facility will specifically address many of the City’s Corporate Plan and Strategic Community Plan objectives.

The library and cultural centre will form part of the Melville City Centre area

  • To develop an iconic facility with its own identity
  • To provide a place for people within a mixed use precinct of retail commercial and residential
  • To have active street frontages and mirror the precinct with extended hours

Community consultation

In 2017, more than 16,000 people came along to our MERGE festival, a family-friendly festival of possibilities which marked the start of extensive engagement on the new Melville City Centre.

The community generated more than 2,100 ideas about what they would like to see in the future City Centre, with the proposed library and cultural centre becoming a key catalyst in our cultural plan, Creative Melville 2018-2022.

Merge Festival
  • MERGE was an innovative engagement exercise where the City Centre precinct was turned into a festival of possibilities.
  • We asked residents and visitors what they would like to see themselves doing in the future space.
  • The Festival allowed people to expand their thinking to what could be possible in a future City Centre and generate more ideas.
  • There were over 16,000 attendees who experienced and re-imagined the space.
  • The Festival questioned existing norms by pushing the traditional library outside, converting the existing library building into an up late Jazz Bar, converging the arts, museums and library into a festival that allowed our community to dream about what would be possible in a future space.
  • Over 2,100 community ideas were generated on the day.

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