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Doors open at Customer Service Centre

Benalla Rural City's Customer Service Centre officially opened its doors to the public on Monday.

MONIQUE FREER February 19, 2014 8:00am

Staff are in and doors are open to the public at Benalla Rural City’s Customer Service Centre.

The Bridge St building was opened for business on Monday, heralding the completion of the first stage of the Civic Precinct Revitalisation Project.

Benalla Rural City mayor Barbara Alexander said the move was exciting for the council.

‘‘This is an important milestone in the Civic Precinct Revitalisation Project,’’ Cr Alexander said.

The outside building facade was revealed on Friday after council employees relocated from the Civic Centre in Fawckner Dve last week.

The new building houses nearly all Benalla Rural City employees, with the chief executive, Cr Alexander and executive staff based at Benalla Town Hall.

The two-storey facility is a redevelopment of the former post office and mail sorting centre, and also features meeting rooms, interview rooms and lake views.

Benalla Rural City chief executive Tony McIlroy said it was fantastic to see the staff in the new building.

‘‘It’s come up exceptionally well, most people will be quite surprised about the final finish. It just gives a bit of rejuvenation to this end of town,’’ Mc McIlroy said.

‘‘It’s very satisfying on the basis that this is the first element of the civic precinct revitalisation plan, so this is the first of three builings to be refurbished and it makes way for the Weary Dunlop Learning Centre which is the main driver.’’

Work will begin on Monday to transform the Civic Centre into the Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Learning Centre, after Benalla-based construction firm Contract Control Services was awarded the tender for the project shortly before Christmas.

The $1.7million project will include greatly increased floor space, a tripling of existing public internet access, dedicated spaces for group programs and children’s and youth activities, and a new customer service area and staff workroom.

 

For full story see this week’s Ensign.

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