Baw Baw move: 14 to remain in Warragul
 Baw Baw News   By // 19:56, Monday 27 July 2015

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JUST 14 staff and the customer service team will be left in the Baw Baw Shire’s Civic Place office in Warragul after the council moves around 120 staff to Drouin next month.

Above: Inside the council's refurbished Drouin office during Saturday's open day. Photo: William PJ Kulich.

First published in the 24 July 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. Get your copy free from retailers across Baw Baw today.


Baw Baw CEO Helen Anstis told the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen most staff will be moved from leased premisis on Warragul’s Smith Street and the council-owned Civic Place building to the newly refurbished Drouin office and placed completely randomly throughout.

“We’re sending over almost three directorates of people; our community assets team, recreation team, planning, social planning, economic development, local laws, our community services portfolio people and finance and human relations,” Ms Anstis said.

“What will be left in the [Warragul Civic Place] building will be predominantly our governance and our information technology [and] business information people.

“There is seating available for 140 people, but that includes hot desks. Hot desking is where people will be moving between the two offices, so 120 will be the regular contingent of staff.


“There will be around about 14 staff located in Warragul Civic Place, but that doesn’t include the customer service team.

“The downsizing of our organisation [through the recent restructure] has meant we’ve been able to accommodate that as many people under the one building as we possibly can.

“We’re sitting people randomly throughout the building. There will be a lot of interaction with our staff, so people will be sitting very close to former team members or sitting next to a planner or engineer. That will open up opportunities for collaboration and innovation.”

Ms Anstis said, depending on how the new layout works, Cardinia Shire’s policy of a different desk for each staff member every day could be considered for local interpretation.

Staff will move to the Drouin office on 3 August.

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3 responses to “Baw Baw move: 14 to remain in Warragul”

  1. Marita says:

    Mark my words, this is the first step toward new council chambers in Warragul!

  2. Daryl says:

    I hope the 14 costumer service people the shire people the shire they leave at Warragul are better than the one’s they have their at the moment, because I reported a problem o lansbourgh road some two weeks ago and nothing has been done about it yet.

  3. wilful says:

    jesus christ, imagine working with a team where you can never find them to talk to them. As a staff manager, that would be just atrocious. What a a moronic MANAGEMENT idea.