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11 December 2019

Parliament ordered works force changes to electorate office operations

Parliament of Victoria refurbishment works will force the temporary street front closure of South West Coast MP Roma Britnell’s Warrnambool office.

From Wednesday December 18, Ms Britnell’s office in Liebig Street will be closed to walk ins but constituents will still be able to make contact via the phone or via email.

Work is expected to take around two months.

“The Parliament of Victoria fit out and furnish office space for MPs. Following an assessment of my office, they have determined it needs some work to meet modern disability access and occupational health and safety standards,” Ms Britnell said.

“At the moment, the meeting room is far too small to accommodate people in wheelchairs or those who use mobility aids. There is limited space for people using aids to maneuver in the reception area and it’s not a welcoming space for people with limited mobility.

“It’s very important to me that the office is accessible to everyone in the community so I am glad the Parliament has decided to undertake these works.”  

Despite the unavoidable changes to walk-up access, Ms Britnell said her office would still be operational.

“We will have to close a bit earlier than normal for the Christmas period because of limited access to our IT services when the works begin on December 18, but the team will be back in action from January 13, 2020,” she said.  

“The Parliament’s refurbishment works will mean that there will be no walk up access, but the office will still be able to assist constituents with their state government matters,” she said.   

“Constituents will still be able to make contact on the phone or via email as normal and face-to-face meetings can also be arranged.   

“I will still be out and about around the electorate meeting with constituents listening to their concerns and attending community events as normal.

“I want to thank everyone for their understanding regarding these temporary changes while the Parliament undertakes its works. I look forward to welcoming people back to the Liebig Street office when we go back to normal operations in March.”