THE City of Cockburn’s 38-year-old works depot in Bibra Lake has a shiny new expansion.
The fresh $11.5 million operations centre and animal management facility on Wellard Street should do wonders for service delivery across the City, with the initial depot opening when Cockburn had about 30,000 residents.
Cockburn’s infrastructure services manager Doug Vickery said the facility would accommodate more than 100 City employees including rangers, CoSafe and members of its roads, parks and facilities divisions.
Some staff will also be relocated from the City’s administration in Spearwood.
“Relocation of about 40 staff from the administration building (will enable) reallocation of space for current and further growth and provide an improved work area for the City’s customer services staff,” Mr Vickery said.
The facility brings with it a new sound-proofed and temperature controlled pound capable of housing dogs, cats and other stray animals in indoor and outdoor areas.
“It meets relevant standards for animal housing in a controlled environment and efficient facility operations for Ranger staff,” Mr Vickery said.
“It also provides a much better interface for people coming to collect their animals.”
The City has focused on sustainability features, with a solar hot water system, a 30 kVa photovoltaic system and LED lighting.
A standout tower will help reduce air conditioning bills, chilling water overnight before it is circulated through air-handling units and circulated through the building.