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Masterton council makeover

Waiata House is the go-to MDC office while the Queen St office is refurbished. PHOTO/FILE

Masterton District Council [MDC] is spending $36,000 to refurbish the Queen St office it leases.

The office is expected to be closed for at least three weeks and in the meantime, people are asked to go to Waiata House on Lincoln Rd for usual in-person services.

The work includes an internal refit and floorplan change and is largely being funded by the landlord.

An MDC spokesperson said the cost to the council for the building changes was $36,265 plus GST.

“Most of this cost is extending cabling for IT to the new customer services desk/front counter, improving privacy and security – security cameras, window frosting, and a glass screen for the counter – and closing off some currently open offices spaces to make smaller private meeting rooms for customers to meet with our building and planning areas.

“We are making this investment to better utilise the space for our customers and staff. Our current lease runs for another two years.”

A breakdown of the costs, provided by MDC, showed the biggest cost was extending IT capabilities to the new front counter [$17,294 plus GST].

The next highest cost was installing door frames and doors for two meeting rooms [$8,371.00 plus GST], followed by a front desk glass safety screen [$3900 plus GST].

MDC phone services are operating as normal.

People can report issues using the free Antenno app, on the website, or by emailing [email protected].

Rubbish bags can be purchased from the library. – NZLDR

  • Public Interest Journalism funded through NZ On Air

Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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