An upgrade of Andrew Nikolic’s electorate office is set to be completed weeks before voters take to the polls to determine whether the Liberal Bass MHR receives a second term.
The works were deemed necessary by the federal Department of Finance due to occupational health and safety issues and the building failing security audits.
The upper floor of the St John Street office, deemed unusable from a workplace safety perspective, was given back to building owners last year.
The upgraded office will span across a similarly-sized adjoining space on Crabtree Corner.
A similar office upgrade was undertaken at Liberal Lyons MHR Eric Hutchinson’s Perth office in 2014, with the fit-out costing $325,000.
It’s unclear how much the upgrade to Mr Nikolic’s office will cost.
Work on Mr Nikolic’s office commenced about three weeks ago and is expected to be completed in June, about a month before the federal election on July 2.
Mr Nikolic, elected in 2013, will recontest his seat in the election against Labor candidate Ross Hart.
The upgrade was initially scheduled to commence last year, but was pushed back.
Mr Nikolic’s office manager, Wendy Summers, said the new office would address a number of long-standing workplace safety and security issues.
It will feature a secure conference room and the relocation of a redundant server system.
The office has housed four Bass MHRs, Michael Ferguson, Jodie Campbell, Geoff Lyons and Mr Nikolic, since 2005.