DECENTRALISATION OF THE BARGARA SERVICE CENTRE – MY VIEW

I tend to agree with many of the comments made by Ross Peddlesden regarding any proposed centralisation of the Bargara Administration Centre on Hughes Road.

Following the 2008 amalgamations, the new Council was compelled to spend a small fortune reconfiguring the office/departmental structures and operating systems of the four former Councils to enhance the use of existing buildings.

To my mind, whilst the further centralisation of some departments would, in an ideal world, be ‘handy’ and provide some long-term cost efficiencies, it certainly doesn’t rate as a ‘priority’ under the current financial situation when compared to other major issues across the region.

Once Council’s debt ratio falls significantly, there may well be an opportunity to look at bringing the various departments under one roof however I don’t believe that now’s the time and I’ve repeatedly raised my concerns in that regard. I also believe that ratepayers could well be aggrieved by any perception that the Council was putting their operational ‘convenience’ above the ‘needs’ of the wider community.

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