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6 September 2018
Central Otago District Council’s main offices in Alexandra
are set for a revamp over the coming 12 months with the Council’s reception
area the first area programmed for refurbishment.
Council acquired the William Fraser building just after the 1989 local
government amalgamations. The finance area was refurbished in 2012/13 and
Council Chambers in 2015/16. The balance of the building occupied by CODC,
mostly unrenovated in 20-30 years, will be refurbished as part of the current
The aim of the $760,000
project is to provide a modern, effective office environment that will
alleviate current staff congestion and fragmentation. It will provide for
future growth should that be required to meet demand from increased development
and population growth in the district. Additional meeting rooms will also be
created and a modern welcoming reception to improve customer service.
Central Otago Chief Executive Sanchia Jacobs said, “the key
to a successful refurbishment of the building is ensuring an effective work
space whilst delivering value for money to the ratepayer. It won’t be a full
scale renovation, but is absolutely about making the best of the premises we
From Monday 10 September the public will be directed to a temporary
reception – still on Dunorling street but back at the former Otago Regional
Council entrance. It is expected the community will have its first chance to
see the revamped reception space in December.