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Colocation Of Services

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Colocation Of Services

POSITION STATEMENT

IN BRIEF

  • Colocation of services as a model offers the potential of government agencies establishing physical regional offices in a way that is both efficient in service delivery and cost-effective in the burden to the taxpayer
  • This would be further evidence of the State Government’s commitment to developing and diversifying the region’s economy, and would continue to de-risk investments in the region through building private sector confidence in the capacity of the region to perform and develop sustainably into the future.

Unsustainable commercial property prices as a result of the most recent mining boom had the effect in the past of pricing-out government agencies from their physical in the Pilbara. Now that these prices have eased, government agencies should reconsider the feasibility of returning to the Pilbara.

The Royalties for Regions and the Pilbara Cities vision of the Pilbara is one that sees a bright future, a vibrant and flourishing community and normalised markets. These State Government investments, guided now by the Pilbara Development Commission’s Investment Blueprint, seek to develop the Pilbara’s sophistication and community centeredness so that it is transformed into a place to live, work and invest.

 

It follows that given the normalisation of the commercial property market, those government agencies and service providers who may have been price-out of the Pilbara in the past may find the region more financially viable now. In keeping with the State Government’s vision for the region, re-establishing regional offices under a colocation of government services model would be a strong investment in the local economy.

 

Colocation of government agencies in the Perth Metropolitan Region, such as 140 William Street Perth, has shown that not only is access to government improved, but interagency cooperation is supported as well.

 

Regional agency and service delivery ‘hubs’ could double as community centres, youth centres, seniors participation and care zones. State and Local Government could share properties under cooperative leasing arrangements, benefitting residents through lower overheads and more personal delivery of regional services. Preferential rates could be developed to ensure sufficient rates income to local government as well as financial viability for long-term physical presence.

Commitments Sought

That a commitment to be made to:

 

  1. Recognise that the unsustainably high cost environment in the Pilbara during the last peak construction phase in the commercial property market has now eased; and
  2. Encourage investigation of the feasibility of Government agencies re-establishing a physical presence in the Pilbara under a colocation of services model; and
  3. Develop State and Local Government agreements that allow for innovative leasing arrangements and preferential rates in pre-existing properties, and cost-sharing mechanisms for the development of new sites or hubs of government activity.