Architect used to help combine works depots
An architect has been engaged to help Edward River Council complete the consolidation of its works depots.
Council had previously resolved to have all outdoor staff based out of the north depot on Conargo Rd, Deniliquin which was the former Conargo Shire depot.
Planning includes the potential recycling of existing sheds and other infrastructure at the former Deniliquin Council depot in Hardinge St.
Council general manager Adam McSwain said ideas on how to consolidate office staff and staff amenities are still being investigated.
He said while council would prefer to cut costs by using existing infrastructure, it has not ruled out building a new office space.
‘‘Wherever we can we are trying to reuse shedding and relocating others from the Hardinge St depot,’’ he said.
‘‘In terms of amenities, office space and a staff lunchroom, we are still looking at the best options — renovating or building.
‘‘Council purchased two homes adjacent the north depot and we did look at options in reusing either of those houses but at this stage we don’t think that will work.
‘‘We could sell the homes (to be relocated from the works depot site) and then reinvest the income from the sales into the development of the site.
‘‘We have allocated $600,000 in this year’s budget to go towards the consolidation project, and the architect will help us with design and layout.’’
Mr McSwain anticipated work on the consolidation to start in the first half of next year, once a concept design is determined and development application approval obtained.
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