Centrelink boosts service

CENTRELINK is boosting its presence on the Tweed and will relocate an office from Surfers Paradise to Tweed Heads next month.

More than 400 people will be employed by the Federal Government agency in the area after the relocation of the Centrelink Area Support Office to the Wharf Central development.

“Centrelink is already one of the biggest employers on the Tweed,” said Tweed Economic Development Corporation boss Tom Senti.

“But to boost that number to nearly 400 staff put them in the same league as the Tweed Shire Council and other big companies like Mills Transport.

“Any move by a government agency, especially a move as big as this, will have a flow-on benefit to the whole shire because these employees will now have the capacity to spend some of their wages on the Tweed.

“Also, with the office currently being located in the northern part of the Gold Coast, some employees may choose not to commute, but to move to the area.”

The shop fitting for the office is underway, with staff to relocate to the Wharf Street location at the end of its current lease in April.

No new jobs will be created initially by the move, according to Centrelink acting area manager Debra Weise, with the 30 staff currently employed at the Cavill Avenue office relocating to Tweed Heads.

These jobs will be in addition to the 275 staff employed by Centrelink at its call centre and 80 other staff based at the Tweed Heads South customer service centre.

“As our lease at Surfers Paradise was coming to an end, Tweed Heads was a logical choice for us to look at a more centralised location to support our broad geographical area,” she said.

“The office will support Centrelink Customer Service Centres situated as far north as Beaudesert, south to Coffs Harbour and west to Bourke.

“It was also an opportunity for us to be situated close to other Government agencies who service customers in our region.”

Other Government tenants to take a lease at the new commercial/retail building are the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care, the NSW Office of Fair Trading and the Northern Rivers Enterprise development agency.

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