The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is set to have a new head office in Orange’s CBD, housing up to 700 staff, providing a long-term boost for its economy.
Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair said the modern, three-storey, energy-efficient facility will be built on the old Orange Base Hospital site, helping to revitalise a key part of the city.
“This investment in Orange underlines the NSW Government’s continuing commitment to regional and rural NSW, ensuring our senior officials live and work in the communities they are supporting,” Mr Blair said.
“Twenty six years ago, in the biggest move to decentralise government services this state has seen, former Nationals Deputy Premier and Minister for Agriculture, Ian Armstrong, relocated the then Department of Agriculture to Orange.
“Today, we renew that commitment to Orange and regional NSW. The new headquarters will continue to bolster the primary industries sector and see the department invest in, and thrive with, Orange - now and well into the future.
“During construction around 220 full-time jobs will be created and we expect a more-than $30 million boost to the local economy.”
The new building will also house staff from Local Land Services along with the Departments of Industry, Premier & Cabinet, and Planning & Environment, pumping tens of millions of dollars directly into regional economies.
Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW, Rick Colless said the decision to build a new facility in Orange is a huge win for the community.
“I can’t wait to see construction get underway and I welcome this tangible example of investment in the region,” Mr Colless said.
“This is yet another example of the NSW Government’s commitment to supporting the growth and development of our regional communities.”
Construction will commence in early 2019 and the site is expected to be completed by mid-2020.
Picture - Artists impression of the new building