EPA Division officers on the northwest coast have branched out into their own premises in Ulverstone – just a few hundred metres from their old office.
Up until now, Rosemary Cross, Tanya Mijak , Chris Fabian and Jason de Weys co-shared their working space in Short Street with staff from the Parks and Wildlife Office.
The quartet started to move up to their new EPA address at 16 Short Street when the tenancy officially began on the 3rd of March.
EPA Division General Manager Alex Schaap travelled to Ulverstone last Thursday to join celebrations for the opening and to oversee official duties; the most anticipated being the distribution of a striking cake decorated by Rosemary’s daughter, sporting teal-blue icing and a white EPA logo.
Staff from the EPA’s northern regulation section travelled across to inspect the new office, help celebrate the move and attend a staff meeting with Alex.
EPA Division Business Services Manager Leanne Brown also went north for the occasion, along with Environmental Operations Branch Manager Darryl Cook.
Leanne said the move was months in the planning.
"We are absolutely rapt with the new space and the premises available for our northwest staff," Leanne said.
"This building space has been refurbished to meet our requirements perfectly and the result is an open, fresh, functional office (beneath all those ribbons!) in which everyone seems happily at home."
"Having this space also gives our travelling staff an appealing respite option, needing a cup of coffee or even a hot shower, perhaps some conversation with a sensible colleague or some vital information out of our systems – don’t forget EPA/Short Street is on the map."
"I’d like to thank the Ulverstone staff, especially Rosemary for their input and patience through the project and wish them all the best in their new "home".
Thanks to Aidan for the photos.