The Grove Precinct

Welcome to The Grove Precinct

Welcome to The Grove Precinct, Western Australia’s first public building incorporating innovative environmentally sustainable design features and technologies.

The Grove Library Project is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Green Precincts Program, and is cited as a high-profile demonstration project that will share innovative ideas with the wider community.

This is a place of inspiration.  It is a showcase of eco-architecture and home to our magnificent library, inviting community learning centre, the Shire of Peppermint Grove administration offices, Peppermint Grove child health centre and the Monogram Café offering services to support the ratepayers and vibrant communities of Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove and Mosman Park as well as the wider community. This is truly, a place to grow.

The eco landscaping and the Grove’s events, workshops and activities which are on offer throughout the year have been developed to inspire the community in all sorts of ways while also helping it prepare for a future with less water and higher energy costs.

Designed by architects, Cox Howlett + Bailey Woodland, the building includes climate-sensitive design; energy and water-efficient fixtures and fittings; rainwater harvesting; onsite treatment and reuse of wastewater; renewable energy (solar panels and wind turbine), and storm water treatment.  The extent of the innovations has been driven by the community’s desire to look to the future – and has resulted in the project becoming a sustainability pioneer. To view the website containing fact sheets about the design features visit

The Grove Library

Check out the library website at

The library service is jointly funded by the Town of Cottesloe, Shire of Peppermint Grove and the Town of Mosman Park, in partnership with the State Library of Western Australia.

In addition the Library is a member of the Western Suburbs Library Network which shares the catalogue and membership database with other libraries in the region. This means that members of the Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove, Mosman Park Library have direct access to the stock of Claremont, Nedlands and Subiaco libraries. The combined stock size is approximately 132,000 items


Anyone can join and there is no charge. Proof of current address must be provided in the form of an official document, such as, a driver’s licence or bank statement, pension card or rates notice etc. An alternative contact address is also required. A parent or guardian signature is necessary for children under 16 years of age.

What you will find in the Library

The Library holds collections for adults, children and young adults in a broad range of subjects, genre and formats including large print books. There are over 34,000 items held in the Library.  Check out the  library catalogue.

Materials are for loan and reference and include books, talking books on CD, DVDs, music CDs, CD-ROMs, books in other languages, magazines, newspapers and local current information.

The library also provides the following:

  • Library website – where you can join the library, search catalogues, reserve items, renew loans (if not overdue) access full text articles via a range of online databases, locate community information and catch up on library news.
  • Request and information service – Staff are happy to assist you to find what you want. If it is not in this library we can try to get it from another library.
  • Home delivery service – People who are physically unable to visit the library may apply for a home delivery service.
  • Children’s activities – storytelling sessions for pre-schoolers are held weekly. Holiday activities and family storytelling sessions are also offered.
  • Internet – access is free to members. Printing from the Internet is 20c per page for black and white copies and 50c per page for colour copies. Beginner classes on how to use the Internet are held from time to time.

Friends of The Grove Library

The Friends of the Library is a group of volunteers that raise money for resources. The Friends accept donations of books which are sold to raise money for new library stock.

Volunteers are always welcome for our Home delivery service programs and Friends of The Grove Library.

Contact the Library on 9286 8686 if you require more information about any of the above activities.

The Grove Community Learning Centre

Aided by a grant from Lotterywest, The Grove Community Learning Centre was opened in August 2010. It is a shared facility between the Towns of Cottesloe and Mosman Park and the Shire of Peppermint Grove.

Cooking Demonstration

The Grove Community Learning Centre is a welcoming, attractive venue for a wide variety of learning and social activities.

It encompasses learning activities that are non-accredited and non-formal in nature and which contribute to the development of a person’s skills and knowledge, and encourages social participation in our local community.

How to find us

The Grove Community Centre is located at the corner of Stirling Highway and Leake Street, Peppermint Grove opposite the Cottesloe Central Shopping Centre.
We are situated within The Grove Precinct between the Shire of Peppermint Grove offices and The Grove Library.

Basement parking is located off Leake Street.

Public Transport Options

  • A bus stop is located on Leake Street directly outside The Grove Precinct (Stop No: 19621). ‘103’, ‘98’.
  • 1 Minute walk from Grove Shopping Centre bus stop on Stirling Highway (Stop No: 10412) ‘99’, ’103’.
  •  2 minute walk from the bus stop outside the Peard Real Estate office on Stirling Highway –opposite the Grove Shopping Centre (Stop No:10356) ‘98’., ‘102’, ‘103’ .
  • We are a 5 -10 minute walk from the Cottesloe Train Station.

We encourage the use of public transport as a sustainable transport option. Journey planning can be done at –

We also have bike racks located at the entrance to the building or a bike locker/storage room in the basement car park if you wish to ride your bike to The Grove Precinct.

What we offer

This Community Learning Centre is available seven-days-a-week as a venue for a variety of community activities.

There are also a number of privately run activities for which you need to phone individual organisations/convenors listed as The Grove Precinct does not take these bookings:

Westcoast Community Centre Inc is a not for profit organisation that is volunteer based and has run programmes of learning and leisure for the community since 1993. Our motto is “learning, creating, sharing knowledge & teaching”.

The objective of the WCC is to create a congenial meeting place for members and non-members of the community to increase their knowledge and skills through a variety of activities, talks, exercise and visits to places of interest. They meet weekly during the school term, in the Grove Library Precinct, Community Room, 1 Leake St Peppermint Grove 6011.

Contact: WCC by phone 92868676 – Nicky Mcdougall (Admin). Post: PO Box 340, Cottesloe WA 6011. Email: Website:

Child and Adolescent Community Health offer a range of parenting programs in the community centre on Wednesdays by Child Health Nurses which include Open Clinics, New Parent groups, Introduction to Solids and Toddler information sessions. For more information phone 9286 8669.

Community groups such as Men and Women’s Probus Clubs and University of the Third Age hold their group meetings in the centre on Mondays.

Community classes by private hirers are also available some evenings and weekends. E.g.- yoga classes.

Community Events are run by community groups, private hirers, local and state government organisations, etc, for meetings, arts/cultural events, presentations, workshops and seminars and these are held mainly on week-ends and evenings.

Schedule of Events

To find out what is happening during the month in the Community Learning Centre please click on the ‘Whats On?’ tab on The Grove Precinct website and ‘The Grove Schedule of Events’ will appear. Details of each learning and social activity are provided here with contact details listed.

Other Information

The Grove Community Centre is available for hire 7 days a week between the hours of 8.00am – 10.30pm depending on availability and for approved purposes. For enquiries and to apply for room hire please contact The Shire of Peppermint Grove on (08) 9286 8600 or email: or in person at The Shire office at 1 Leake Street, Peppermint Grove, WA, 6011 during office hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm.

This centre is not available as a hall for hire for parties or functions that are not open for all the public to attend. There are several other halls for hire within the Towns of Cottesloe and Mosman Park areas that may be available for residents to hire for functions and one-off social events.

Room Hire bookings of a recurring nature are only available Monday to Friday in the evenings. Recurring bookings cannot be made during weekends but one off community events are very welcome.

The occasional Monday morning and/or afternoon (2 -3hr timeslot) during the week may still be available for one-off meetings/events. Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays during school holidays may also be available.