It would have been a bold move for a new council to aim potentially millions of dollars at refurbishing their building just eight months into office.
But, with transparency, their final decision over what to do with the troubled office block doesn’t have to go down with ratepayers like a tonne of bricks.
An independent report said parts of the 50-year-old civic administration building were too small, too tired and too poorly ventilated for its staff.
It put forward options, ranging from a few million dollars to upgrade to the bare minimum, up to about $16 million for a new building.
The mayor rightly chose to defer a decision at this month’s annual plan deliberations, and instead consider it this time next year as part of the long-term plan 2018-2038.
But for some of the staff working in that building, a spruce-up probably can’t come soon enough.
- Senior Reporter Jared Nicoll