‘LAND’ NEW OFFICE
Local Services staff members all under one roof
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.