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Office Relocation-Medium Long Term Strategy

18-02-2010

Growth in both the Town’s population and service base has lead to an increase in the staffing levels at the Town Council. This in turn, has lead to office accommodation shortages. These shortages are likely to be exacerbated by growth in the staffing numbers over the coming years.
Growth in both the Town’s population and service base has lead to an increase in the staffing levels at the Town Council. This in turn, has lead to office accommodation shortages. These shortages are likely to be exacerbated by growth in the staffing numbers over the coming years.

In early 2009 Council engaged the Australian Institute of Management to prepare a report on the likely staffing and accommodation requirement for the Town of Port Hedland over the next few years. Key findings of this report pertaining to staff numbers were:

  • The Civic Centre is currently overcrowded (as are some of our other work sites).
  • An additional 35 Council staff are likely to be required prior to 2014.
  • Further staff growth is likely after 2014, but this growth is likely to be at a reduced pace.

Council has identified four options to accommodate the growing staff numbers.

The options are (see attached plan):

  1. Expand the existing Civic Centre office building.
  2. Sell the Civic Centre building and build/lease a new Council office facility in the West End of Port Hedland.
  3. Sell the Civic Centre building and build/lease a new Council office building in the South Hedland CBD.
  4. Any other option/alternative as identified by the public.

It should be noted that Council does not currently own the land on which the Civic Centre sits on. The land is simply vested to the Town by the State. Council does, potentially, have the ability to purchase the land and re-sell/lease the land.

Option 1: Expand the existing Civic Centre office building.

Option 1
AdvantagesDisadvantages

Familiar and Cultural/Historic background

Possible reduction in civic space for Council meetings and ceremonial events (citizenship ceremonies, political delegations, etc.)

Prime location for Community and Private events

Extension to building might not be ascetically pleasing or costly to make it so.

Can utilise space that is currently non office in the existing building (Council Chambers/hall)

Don’t own the land.

 

Reduced level of convenience for customers from South Hedland

 

Extensions could reduce car parking space, whilst an increase in spaces will be required due to increase in staff numbers.

Option 2: Sell the Civic Centre building and build/lease a new Council office facility in the West End of Port Hedland. (Note: The gardens area at the rear of the Civic Centre would remain as a public space)

Option 2
AdvantagesDisadvantages
Existing Civic Centre can be turned into accommodation/ resort/ community halls. Existing Civic Centre is a popular venue for many community and private functions and may not be as accessible if privately owned.
Sale of Civic Centre building is likely to significantly contribute to costs of new building. Reduced level of convenience for customers from South Hedland.
Will enhance business in the West End precinct – the historical heart of Port Hedland The majority of the population live in South Hedland.
  The Town does not currently own any land in the West End of Port Hedland
  Loss of history associated with existing Civic Centre building.

Option 3: Sell the Civic Centre building and build/lease a new Council office building in the South Hedland CBD.

Option 3
AdvantagesDisadvantages
Increased level of convenience for customers in South Hedland where the majority of our population lives. Existing Civic Centre is a popular venue for many community and private functions and may not be as accessible if privately owned.
Sale of Civic Centre building is likely to significantly contribute to costs of new building. The Town does not currently own land in the South Hedland CBD. Land is potentially available through the current CBD revitalization project.

Option 4: Any other option/alternative as identified by the public.

Option 4
Aerial Map
Office Relocation plan