ANDREW Barr and Simon Corbell say up to 1100 ACT Government staff will move to the Woden town centre from next year under plans to streamline Government operations, reduce inefficiency and improve health services.
“This move is an important step by the ACT Government to boost Woden’s economy by bringing new customers to its restaurants, cafes and other businesses and service providers,” Andrew said.
“The Government recognises the impact from a number of Federal government agencies relocating out of the town centre, having heard first hand from retailers at the inaugural Pop-up Cabinet event in Woden. I know this move will be a welcome relief to many retailers and is a sign of confidence in the area.
“The Government will go to tender for up to 15,500 square metres of office space in Woden to accommodate Access Canberra employees and ACT Health Directorate staff.”
Simon Corbell said ACT Health administrative staff who do not provide a direct clinical service are currently located in various parts of the city.
“This move is an exciting step for ACT Health to co-locate non-clinical administrative functions in one location, close to the Canberra Hospital campus,” Simon said.
“Co-locating a range of administration staff at present dispersed across Canberra will deliver operational and cost efficiencies and will ensure that space on the Canberra Hospital campus is freed up for clinical services. This will allow the campus to continue to focus on delivering high-level public health services to the community.”
The Woden facilities will provide an improved southside presence for Access Canberra, incorporating a new shopfront that will make it easier and simpler for Canberrans to connect with ACT Government services.
The ACT Government will issue a Registration of Interest for the required office space this week, closing time at 5pm on 2 December 2015.
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