The delivery of a new $48 million government workplace hub in Carrington Avenue Dubbo is a step closer today, with the NSW Government announcing Cox Architecture will lead the design.

Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders welcomed the appointment, saying the multi-agency hub to be developed on the government owned site will generate hundreds of jobs and economic growth for the region.

“The establishment of this new hub will inject $208 million into the economy and support more than 440 jobs in the design and construction stages alone,” Mr Saunders said.

“The new, purpose-built office building will boast about 6,700m2 of flexible office space to accommodate around 700 public sector employees from across government.

“Increasing local jobs in Dubbo will see a significant boost in consumer spending, providing ongoing economic benefits for local businesses.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the hub would house a portion of the up to 400 Department of Regional NSW roles being established in four key regional centres.

“This is about ensuring the people who work to support regional NSW are living and working in the communities they serve including Dubbo,” Mr Toole said.

“This hub will also support our broader push to position more senior government roles in the regions, ensuring we have key decision makers right across the public service who understand what makes the bush tick and what matters to regional communities.

“We’re also tapping into local expertise from across the Central West to help deliver the building where they’re going to work.”    

Under the terms of the winning tender, more than one quarter of the project’s consultant services, including planning, engineering and geo-technical services, will be procured from local regional businesses based in Dubbo, Orange and Bathurst. Orange-based architect, Paddy Williams, will deliver the design services.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey, said the hub would provide high-quality and flexible office accommodation for regional public sector workers.

“Bringing together employees from across multiple locations and departments will improve cross-agency collaboration, create greater efficiencies and enable the Government to improve service delivery for the people of Dubbo and western NSW,” Mrs Pavey said.

Construction of the new office building is expected to start in mid to late 2022, following the completion of the planning, design and development application processes, and be completed in 2024.