‘LAND’ NEW OF­FICE

Lo­cal Ser­vices staff mem­bers all un­der one roof

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

Three years af­ter the for­ma­tion of Lo­cal Land Ser­vices, the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s De­niliquin-based staff are to be housed in the one of­fice.

Mur­ray LLS gen­eral man­ager Gary Rodda, who is based at the Vic­to­ria St of­fice, said the move will take place by the end of June 2017.

The Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries of­fices in Charlotte St, De­niliquin will be fit­ted out specif­i­cally for the team over the next six months.

Mr Rodda said the ‘‘good solid agree­ment’’ to re­lo­cate has been wel­comed by the staff, who have been split between the Vic­to­ria St and Hay Rd of­fices.

‘‘In part­ner­ship with Depart­ment of In­dus­try we have cho­sen the of­fices in Charlotte St, where we will be co-lo­cated with Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries staff,’’ he said.

‘‘Money will be in­vested into an in­ter­nal re-fit and the team is very keen to get into the one lo­ca­tion.’’

Lo­cal Land Ser­vices was formed on Jan­uary 1, 2014, merg­ing the Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity, Live­stock Health and Pest Au­thor­ity and DPI ex­ten­sion ser­vices.

Only a few months af­ter the ini­tial merger, Mr Rodda said a re­gional of­fice in De­niliquin was al­ready be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

He said the de­lay in progress had been in de­ter­min­ing the best lo­ca­tion and ap­proach.

Mr Rodda said he be­lieved the re­lo­ca­tion to ex­ist­ing of­fices made good fi­nan­cial sense, say­ing build­ing an en­tirely new government of­fice would be too costly.

‘‘The de­ci­sion was made about two weeks ago; it was dif­fi­cult to find a lo­ca­tion that was suit­able. The de­tailed plans are still be­ing drawn up.’’

The re­lo­ca­tion of all staff to one of­fice will have im­mense ben­e­fits for both staff and users of the ser­vice, ac­cord­ing to Mr Rodda.

‘‘The Mur­ray LLS staff at Al­bury have been work­ing out of a sin­gle of­fice for about 12 months and we’re see­ing fur­ther pos­i­tive in­te­gra­tion of the teams and ser­vices,’’ he said.

‘‘Our staff will be able to work bet­ter as a sin­gle team, and land­hold­ers will only need to at­tend one of­fice for all ser­vices.’’

Mr Rodda said the of­fice’s con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion next to Mur­ray Ir­ri­ga­tion Lim­ited would also be of ben­e­fit to land­hold­ers.

Gary Rodda.

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