For the first time in many decades, Wakefield Regional Council will have a new purpose-built depot, with the proposed space aimed at improving safety for employees and efficiency.
The parcel of land the current depot sits on was originally purchased by the District Council of Balaklava way back in 1935.
Council has successfully secured land in Balaklava to accommodate the new facility.
Located on Gwy Terrace, the three and a half hectare block is only walking distance from the civic centre on Scotland Place.
An upgrade of the current Railway Terrace depot had been on the cards for many years.
However, the current site is too small, the buildings are old and too small to cope with the number of users and offered no flexibility for the future.
Having the depot close to the civic centre has great advantages as field and office staff can remain as central as possible and communication across work areas can be better managed.
Wakefield Mayor Rodney Reid said the construction of a new depot was an important step forward for Council’s workforce and community.
“We’re keen to get our workers into a more modern depot as the current site is well past its prime and provides less than half of the space needed,” Mayor Reid said.
“Having a more modern layout and facilities will also allow our staff to more efficiently manage their workloads and reflects our commitment to providing employees with the right tools and resources to deliver services to our customers.
“Our employees need appropriate facilities to ensure they can continue to carry out their job effectively and efficiently but most importantly – safely.”
Council’s Snowtown depot will still be in operation and will remain as a base for staff working in the northern parts of the district.
The layout and planning is still in progress but Council has anticipated a commencement date in 2019. Staff will undergo a lengthy consultation period to ensure the space allows them to deliver community services in a safe, environmentally responsible, efficient and effective way.