Deniliquin-based staff of Murray Local Land Services are now all together under one roof in a newly renovated office space in Charlotte St.
NSW Member for Murray Austin Evans officially opened the office on Monday last week.
Murray LLS general manager Gary Rodda said the move has allowed the merged organisation to become a more cohesive unit.
Local Land Services started operating on January 1, 2014, after a merger of the Murray Catchment Management Authority, Riverina Livestock Health and Pest Authority and extension services of the NSW Department of Primary Industries.
‘‘While we still worked well as an organisation in two separate buildings (the former LHPA office on Hay Rd and the former CMA building in Victoria St), being in different offices did create a slight disconnect for our staff.
‘‘It was also frustrating for our customers, who sometimes had to attend both offices to meet their needs.
‘‘Moving to a one-stop office was a key initiative for us.
‘‘This new office also signals a commitment of Local Land Services to the area.’’
Mr Rodda says the location of the new combined office — in the former Department of Primary Industries offices — creates a ‘‘landholder precinct’’, with the building also containing NSW DPI and NSW Fisheries staff.
He says it’s also conveniently located next to Murray Irrigation Limited.
Mr Rodda says staff and customers have access to modern facilities and technology with the move.
‘‘The whole office is kitted out in regional NSW Government department colours.
‘‘The main change is that staff are located in logical groups so they can easily combine their ideas, which allows for even greater collaboration. Staff were previously housed in individual offices, but now we have a more open layout.
‘‘Part of the kit-out has been to provide new and up-to-date equipment and phone systems which make our jobs a little easier.
‘‘We are a mobile office space connected to wifi, so staff and customers can connect wherever they are in the office.’’
The former Murray LLS office in Victoria St is now being utilised by NSW Forestry, and Mr Rodda says the Hay Rd office will eventually be placed on the market.
Last week’s opening also served as an ‘open day’ for the new office, with landholders and representatives from landholder groups and industry partners given a look ‘behind the scenes’.
Special guests included Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley, Edward River Council Mayor Norm Brennan, Aboriginal Elder Stephen Charles — who performed a Welcome to Country — and Local Land Services acting chair of chairs Richard Bull.
Murray LLS acting chair David Wolfenden paid tribute to those who assisted with the consolidation of staff.
‘‘There are several people who have contributed greatly and played a key role in helping the new office take shape,’’ Mr Wolfenden said.
‘‘This includes (staff member) Colin McMahon who has worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the project. I would also like to acknowledge Graeme Allitt — a former Murray LLS board member — who worked to ensure the regional office remained in Deniliquin.’’
The new office is located at 449 Charlotte St, Deniliquin and can be contacted on 58819900.