President of the Kulin Shire Barry West welcomed invited guests and members of the community to the official opening of the Kulin Administration and Community Resource Centre on Friday June 24.
The building was officially declared open by the Hon Terry Waldron MLA and past Kulin Shire President Jim Sullivan to over 60 guests at the official ceremony.
Terry Waldron commended the Kulin Shire Council and community on, ‘another fantastic achievement, Kulin remains the envy of many regional local governments’.
He paid tribute to Jim Sullivan and Greg Hadlow as the driving forces behind the upgrade.
Shire President Barry West presented a guided tour of the building accompanied by special guest Shelly Dival, Director of Front Door Designs.
Front Door Designs was the designing architect of the Kulin Administration Building and recently named the winner of New Residential Buildings at the Building Designers Association WA Design Excellence Awards in Perth.
Mrs Dival explained that as the architect she had to be mindful of what the previous use of the building was and incorporate that into a modern building design.
‘For example where the basketball court used to be is now the council chambers.
‘Access points for staff to the office, kitchen, amenities and the meeting room have all been designed to allow for maximum discretion and open plan offices encourage team work and collaboration’.
Highlights of the tour included the ultra-modern council chambers, meeting room with video conferencing capacity and cleverly laid out staff workstations.
The building has undergone three transformation over the years, originally a recreation centre with a basketball court the first upgrade was to a resource centre with office space and medical centre.
The latest building development has upgraded the facilities to include a large council chambers, reception, computer area, visitor information, meeting room for hire, seven manager’s offices including 13 workstations in total and a state of the art staff kitchen.
The Shire of Kulin is the largest employer in the Shire, employing 35 FTE staff this includes people from within the immediate community as well as neighbouring shires.
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