Construction begins on Fisheries’ Operations Centre in South Perth
New offices for fisheries compliance and lobster quota management
Complex also provides meeting and training room facilities
A plaque commemorating the start of work on the Department of Fisheries new $2.9million offices was today unveiled by Fisheries Minister Norman Moore.
The new building, set at the river’s edge in South Perth, becomes home to the department’s Biosecurity Compliance Unit; Rock Lobster Quota Management Unit; and the base for all Western Australian fisheries compliance.
Mr Moore said the building would have capacity for up to 30 new staff and, with Department of Water and Swan River Trust staff working out of adjacent facilities, it had made good sense to establish the new building in the same strategic precinct to maintain good inter-agency relationships.
“The new building will be modest but of modern design and is vital to meet the department’s evolving operational requirements and increased demand for space,” he said.
“The Biosecurity Compliance Unit will work with fisheries and marine officers across WA, to minimise the impacts of marine and freshwater pest incursions and ensure effective compliance throughout the State.
“The building is also in a handy location, adjacent to the Swan River, with facilities for training fisheries and marine officers and a meeting room that will be invaluable for planning or conducting fisheries compliance or biosecurity response operations.”
The Minister also unveiled an artist’s impression of the building designed by Perth-based architects, Woodhead. The building is due to be completed in the second half of 2013.
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