State staff check fresh Kar­ratha digs

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha-based State Gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees had a chance last week to walk around their new of­fices in the Quar­ter ahead of the build­ing’s fit-out.

Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments will ac­count for the en­tire sec­ond floor of the build­ing, mov­ing over from cur­rent of­fices, many of which have fallen into dis­re­pair.

At the open­ing of the Quar­ter ear­lier this month, Pil­bara MLA Bren­don Grylls used the Depart­ment of Mines and Pe­tro­leum as an ex­am­ple of why new fa­cil­i­ties were sorely needed.

“Be­fore if you were a gov­ern­ment worker and got sent to the north you thought ... I’ll do my time and get back to Perth,” he said.

“The Depart­ment of Mines and Pe­tro­leum that reg­u­late the big­gest re­source sec­tor in the world used to be in a com­mer­cial build­ing over there (where) the air­con­di­tioner worked ev­ery third day. That was seen to be good enough, that is what we used to ac­cept.

“So thank you with putting up with that up un­til now and I hope the new digs are a lit­tle more ap­pro­pri­ate for the work you do.”

Mr Grylls said the Pil­bara de­served ap­pro­pri­ate in­fra­struc­ture such as the Quar­ter as the re­gion drove the na­tion’s re­gional agenda.

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