THE Glamorgan Spring Bay Council opened its new office and chamber at Triabunna yesterday.
Mayor Bertrand Cadart said the council bought the former Triabunna call centre for a ``fair price'' late last year to save costs, increase efficiency and avoid expensive repair works on its former Triabunna and heritage-listed Swansea offices.
The council has operated out of two separate buildings since Glamorgan and Spring Bay councils amalgamated in 1993.
``Those buildings are in serious need of major work and really it was not economical for us to do that and, furthermore, the cost of having separate buildings is about $200,000 this year,'' Cr Cadart said.
Cr Cadart said the council was looking for expressions of interest for its two old offices, with the potential to lease or sell both buildings being considered.
``We need to find income to pay for the building we just bought,'' he said.
``We should be fully operational at the new site by Monday or Tuesday.''
The call centre building is 15 years old, is fully fitted and has been empty for several years.
All staff from the old Swansea office will use a council vehicle to car pool to work.
The new office was officially opened by Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding.