Published 30 September 2019

The City of Tea Tree Gully’s new Service Centre at Golden Grove is now a fully operational base for Council’s outdoor workforce.

The move to the 1100 Golden Grove Road property follows the sale of the Council’s previous depot at Tolley Road, St Agnes.

Mayor Kevin Knight said the Service Centre development was a logical strategic move by Council.

“It’s a brilliant facility. It’s central and large and offers the type of facilities our outdoor workers need. It’s an investment in service delivery, our workforce and local jobs, and should serve out community for at least 75 years. “

For the first time in decades, the majority of our outdoor workforce are now based at the same site and we have a suitable space to maintain key fleet, plant and equipment.

“We are now in a position to further increase operational efficiencies and service levels to benefit our community.”

Mayor Knight said the Council’s previous depot was established in the 1970s, prior to the City of Tea Tree Gully’s population doubling to 100,000, and a substantial increase in the number and level of services and facilities provided by local government.

“The old depot was deficient in almost all key areas of workplace support, operational effectiveness, safety and a number of compliance areas,” Mayor Knight said.

The new Service Centre site, previously occupied by Futuris Automotive, was purchased for $6 million by Council in November 2016.

Council investigated several options for the re-location of city maintenance services and the opportunity presented by the Golden Grove site was a great use of an otherwise vacant local facility.

The centre has since undergone modifications and renovations to meet development and workplace safety standards and Council’s operational requirements.

The $3.6 million sale proceeds from the Tolley Road depot were used to help offset the service centre fit out costs. The site was purchased by a scaffolding business.

The Service Centre will not be open to the public, with all public-facing transactions, such as payments, building development applications, and access to library and immunisation services remaining at the Civic Centre, Modbury or online.