Monday, May 20, 2024

New Hunter region work hub opens

The NSW Government has revitalised one of its key regional workplaces, following the completion of a $13.8 million workplace hub that consolidates 650 staff from three government agencies under one roof.

Employees from the Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW), Department of Customer Service (DCS) and Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure (DPHI) have moved into the freshly fitted out Maitland Workplace Hub in High Street.

The new hub is the base for up to 650 regional workers and provides flexible and agile workspace for all government employees visiting the Hunter region for work. The project has supported 40 construction jobs for local tradespeople and subcontractors.

“This fantastic new hub provides high quality facilities for government employees who call this region home, and a place to work for visiting employees when they are in town for the day,” said NSW Minister for Lands and Property, Steve Kamper.

“We have other regional hubs on the way in Dubbo and Coffs Harbour to continue to attract, support and retain talented employees from regional NSW.”

The NSW Government’s central property agency, Property and Development NSW (PDNSW) has delivered the Maitland CBD Workplace Hub as part of its ongoing work to consolidate agencies into modern, sustainable hubs.

By consolidating three agencies under one roof, the NSW Government has reduced the rent and associated costs from having multiple leases, while creating a modern working environment that will support enhanced collaboration and improve service delivery to communities in regional NSW.

“This is a great boost for the Maitland community, as it keeps jobs in this area and will deliver economic benefits,” said Member for Maitland, Jenny Aitchison (pictured at today’s opening of the hub – main photo, third from right).

“The new fit-out provides 5,500 square metres of work space across two floors, and more than 250 underground and street level car parking spaces to support government workers based in Maitland.”

Work is also underway to upgrade the building’s environmental credentials to achieve a 5-star NABERS energy rating and a 4-star NABERS water rating, which will support the NSW Government’s net zero emissions targets as it works to reduce its environmental footprint.

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