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Peppin surveyor says 'We're locals too'

The Echuca company conducting the Peppin Heritage Centre survey work plans to open a store in Deniliquin next month.

ZOE MCMAUGH June 17, 2014 3:17am

The Echuca company conducting the Peppin Heritage Centre survey work has announced it will not be an ‘‘out-of-town’’ company much longer.

North East Survey Design Echuca has confirmed it will be opening a Deniliquin office next month.

Deniliquin’s Advanced Survey Technology surveyor Peter Hines, who was sub-contracted by North East Survey Design to undertake the Peppin Heritage Centre project, will be employed by the company full-time.

North East Survey Design Deniliquin will operate from Mr Hines’ existing office in Hardinge St.

It means the company, which offers surveying and civil engineering, will have offices in Deniliquin, Echuca, Yarrawonga and Wangaratta.

Deniliquin Council was criticised for awarding the official boundary survey of the Peppin Heritage Centre to an Echuca-based company.

Deniliquin surveying company Brian Mitsch and Associates was overlooked for the job and its employee, Chris Mitsch, told the Pastoral Times (June 13) he was disappointed the ‘‘local bloke’’ wasn’t given a chance to price the job.

Mr Hines argues that while North East Survey Design Echuca is the primary contractor, the bulk of council’s payment will remain in Deniliquin.

‘‘As I’m not a registered surveyor the work is being controlled by North East Survey Design Echuca, but I have been contracted to do at least 80 per cent of the ground work,’’ Mr Hines said.

‘‘It therefore means at least 80 per cent of the money has gone to a local business and will stay in the town.’’

Mr Hines said he decided to join with North East Survey Design to ensure another fully licensed surveying service continues to be offered in the local area.

‘‘I’ve been a surveyor in Deniliquin for about 30 years, but I’m not registered,’’ Mr Hines said.

‘‘I worked with registered surveyor Bob Veitch until his passing last year, which has now left a gap.’’

North East Survey Design Echuca director and registered surveyor Steve Molnar said Mr Veitch’s death had sped up their expansion plans.

‘‘Peter and I had spoken about the possibility at joining forces for more than a year, but really only got started about six months ago after Bob’s death,’’ Mr Molnar said.

‘‘I went to university with Peter in the 1980s and I ran in to him after moving to Echuca some years ago.

‘‘Peter will run the Deniliquin office, supported by myself and other company directors.

‘‘Staff from each of our offices can work across our coverage region – we can come to Deniliquin and assist Peter with a big workload, or he can do some work in one of our other areas.

‘‘Our Wangaratta office also houses civil engineers, so that’s a service we can offer in Deniliquin as well.

‘‘We hope to start in Deniliquin at of the start of the new financial year.’’

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