The State Government has agreed to enter into a 4-year lease arrangement to establish the new Wright Electorate Office in the Manor Farm Shopping Centre on Northbri Avenue at Salisbury East.
The 130 sqm office – located within the seat of Wright – was chosen for its suitability, size, visibility, accessibility and value for taxpayers and follows an exhaustive search by Electorate Services officers.
It will be fitted, at the lessor’s own expense, with new air-conditioning, internal bathroom facilities with disability access, brand new floor coverings and will include dedicated carparking and multiple signage opportunities.
“The Member for Wright, Mr Blair Boyer MP, has expressed his desire to urgently move into an office in his seat and, after an extensive and thorough search, the Manor Farm Shopping Centre has proved the best location,” said Treasurer Rob Lucas.
“It ticks all the boxes – importantly the office is situated in the seat of Wright, it will be fit for purpose and it represents good value for money.
“Let’s not forget Mr Boyer’s own party, while in government, simply sat on their hands and did absolutely nothing for the past year despite the former Treasurer being warned they would have to find a new electorate office following the changed electoral boundaries.
“If the former Labor government had done what it was advised to do then the temporary office arrangement at Virginia would not have been required.”
Treasurer Lucas said despite Mr Boyer’s claims that some constituents would not be able visit the electorate office with a single bus trip, this was no different to other possible office locations and for many other electorate offices for other MPs.
The electorate office is expected to be ready by October, before the current lease at Virginia expires in early November.
A budget of $150,000 has been allocated for the initial fit-out, in addition to the annual $36,000 lease.