Masters move have no impact on Gloucester says MidCoast Council

MidCoast Council's administrative move to the former Masters site at Taree will have no impact on Gloucester's service.
MidCoast Council's administrative move to the former Masters site at Taree will have no impact on Gloucester's service.

In response to some concern from the community, MidCoast Council has reassured their impending move to the former Masters site at Taree South will have no impact on Gloucester.

Amid speculation the move will result in the closure of council's Gloucester office, residents are advised it will be business as usual in the town.

The Minister for Local Government said no evidence has been identified to indicate council had breached any of its statutory obligations in the decision to undertake the office relocation project.

The project to consolidate council's Forster and Taree administration functions into a central location at Biripi Way, Taree was mentioned in State Parliament last week following the tabling of a petition calling for an inquiry into the project.

A letter from Minister Shelley Hancock to the parliament stated the Office of Local Government reviewed all the information provided on the project and was satisfied MidCoast Council has undertaken the appropriate processes in relation to the decision.

A decision to undertake the project was made by council in April, following community consultation on the financing strategy for the project.

Work is progressing on the project, with council appointing architects Group GSA Pty Ltd to develop a detailed design for the fit-out of the former Masters building as a central office.

A detailed design and cost plan will then be provided to councillors for review and approval before the project proceeds to construction.

A development application for the project will be made to the Joint Regional Planning Panel at the appropriate time and this process will present the community with an opportunity to provide feedback.

The community can keep updated with the project by visiting www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/headoffice.