SUBIACO council could turn its council chamber into offices, redevelop its museum and sell a community centre in changes being investigated to cope with shrinking staff and services.
“Over the past couple of years, the City’s organisational structure has changed significantly with four directorates being reduced to three, the City moving out of the Home and Community Care (HACC) program and 50 staff positions being made redundant,” a report stated at Tuesday’s meeting.
Most of the changes resulted from the anticipated merger with the Town of Cambridge that collapsed during the previous state government.
The report said the council needed to bring together its staff from technical services staff, community development and library in new offices under one roof at the current Rokeby Road council headquarters.
At the meeting, councillors agreed to investigate allocating $500,000 during November’s 2017-18 budget review to initially improve existing work stations at the council’s headquarters on Rokeby Road.
An as yet unfunded second stage of that project could result in new offices at the building, including using the council chamber for desk space.
The report said planning may also have to start on refurbishing the Lords Recreation Centre within 10 years, more space and facilities at the City’s public library and the Subiaco Museum could be redeveloped in conjunction with the changes at the administration building or relocated with Australian Rules football memorabilia to the now vacated Subiaco Oval.
The City’s depot could be developed for housing, with its staff going to the administration building and trucks housed at a new site with vehicles used by other local governments of the Western Regional Organisation of Councils.
The report said the Subiaco Community Centre on Bagot Road may be sold and the Tom Dadour Community Centre could be redeveloped for community staff and groups.