Grand plan for de­pot

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

THE City of Cock­burn has un­veiled an $11.5 mil­lion ex­pan­sion to its works de­pot in Bi­bra Lake, a fa­cil­ity the coun­cil says will help ser­vice a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion.

THE City of Cock­burn’s 38year-old works de­pot in Bi­bra Lake has been ex­panded.

The $11.5 mil­lion op­er­a­tions cen­tre and an­i­mal man­age­ment fa­cil­ity on Wel­lard Street should im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery across the City, with the orig­i­nal de­pot open­ing when Cock­burn had about 30,000 res­i­dents. Cock­burn in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices man­ager Doug Vickery said the fa­cil­ity would ac­com­mo­date more than 100 City em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing rangers, CoSafe and mem­bers of its roads, parks and fa­cil­i­ties di­vi­sions. Some staff will also be re­lo­cated from the City’s ad­min­is­tra­tion cen­tre in Spear­wood. “Re­lo­ca­tion of about 40 staff from the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing (will en­able) re­al­lo­ca­tion of space for cur­rent and fur­ther growth and pro­vide an im­proved work area for the City’s cus­tomer ser­vices staff,” Mr Vickery said.

The fa­cil­ity brings with it a new sound-proofed and tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled pound ca­pa­ble of hous­ing dogs, cats and other stray an­i­mals in in­door and out­door ar­eas.

“It meets rel­e­vant stan­dards for an­i­mal hous­ing in a con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment and ef­fi­cient fa­cil­ity op­er­a­tions for Ranger staff,” Mr Vickery said.

“It also pro­vides a much bet­ter in­ter­face for peo­ple com­ing to col­lect an­i­mals.”

The City has fo­cused on sus­tain­abil­ity, with a so­lar hot wa­ter sys­tem, a 30 kVa pho­to­voltaic sys­tem and LED light­ing. A stand­out tower will help re­duce air­con­di­tion­ing bills, chill­ing wa­ter overnight be­fore it is cir­cu­lated through air-han­dling units.

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