Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Former Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

    Stirling to be new home for Dept of Commerce

    15/10/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • Government on track to deliver $25m p.a. savings on office accommodation
    Today marks an important milestone in the State Government’s policy to save $25million a year on office accommodation.

    “The Liberal-National Government has gone to the market seeking proposals for up to 35,000sqm in the City of Stirling to accommodate the Department of Commerce as the anchor tenant,” Finance Minister Simon O’Brien said.

    “This is the next step in the Government’s long-term strategy, Directions 2031 and Beyond, and will help to identify potential accommodation solutions for the Stirling Precinct.”

    On June 27, 2012, the next phase of the Office Accommodation Master Plan was announced.  This builds on the success of the first phase of the strategy which commenced in early 2010 and involved the consolidation into fewer buildings of about 5,000 public servants from 23 agencies across 18 locations.

    Phase 2 continues with the consolidation of office space in the Perth central business district and will focus on the decentralisation of a number of agencies into metropolitan activity centres.

    “This is consistent with the objective to reduce long-term office accommodation costs, while at the same time improving the quality and access to State Government services,” Mr O’Brien said.

    “This long-term strategic planning will ultimately save the taxpayer millions of dollars.”
     
    An expression of interest (EOI) will be used to inform the development of a business case, which will be considered by Government in 2013.  A key focus of the EOI process is to identify interested parties to partner with Government, with a view to developing sustainable office accommodation solutions.
       
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