Ar­chi­tect used to help com­bine works de­pots

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

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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