Due to an issue with the heating/cooling system at Ray Walsh House, Council staff who regularly work on Levels 1, 2 and 3 of Ray Walsh House in Tamworth have been relocated or asked to work from home.
Tamworth’s customer services that operate from the ground floor remain open to the community and able to accommodate visitors, including customer service and the development center.
As things stand, work required on the heating/cooling system to restore functionality cannot be undertaken due to the presence of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) and the risk management requirements that arise under the Board’s Asbestos Management Protocol. The Ray Walsh House was built in the 1970s and purchased by the Council in the 1990s. In recent years, despite ongoing maintenance and work to ensure a safe working space, an increased frequency of immediate problems has necessitated the need for a long-term solution to limit disruption to Council operations and services.
Last night councilors were briefed on the situation and agreed to move forward with a two-phase approach:
- Continued relocation of affected Council staff
- Assessing the future of the Ray Walsh House structure.
This project is expected to last several years. The elected representatives of the community on the council will be consulted regularly and at key stages of the project.
In the short term, the Council is prioritizing the relocation of all Ray Walsh House staff to Council-owned premises and exploring business options. The Council is working to have all staff, and therefore all operations, including our customer-facing services, transferred from Ray Walsh House over the next 8 weeks. Once community access points are confirmed, these will be communicated through a number of channels.
In the medium term, the Council will engage with experts on the future of Ray Walsh House and the best way forward for the community and our staff.