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New Government Shopfront opening up in Gungahlin

By Barcham - 18 November 2013 9

A new Government shopfront is opening up in Gungahlin, which should be interesting news for anyone who lives near the area and occasionally needs to get things done.

The press release also discusses the “new style” of the shopfront and its open floor plan which should be interesting news for anyone who cares about the floor plans of government shopfronts.

Also of interest to anyone who hates convenience, the new shop won’t accept cash.

A new style of government shopfront that will provide residents with better access to government services is coming to Gungahlin in early 2015, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.

“A new Canberra Connect shopfront is planned to be built as part of the ACT Government’s office block in Gungahlin,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“The new shopfront will be located on the ground floor of the government office block and feature an open plan layout without barriers between staff and customers.

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New Government Shopfront opening up in Gungahlin
Felix the Cat 1:33 pm 21 Nov 13

The people that prefer to pay cash can go to another shopfront or to one of the rego offices. Or pay with EFTPOS/credit card or pay over the internet and not have to go near a shopfront or rego office.

Watson 10:16 am 21 Nov 13

grump said :

Watson said :

grump said :

What exactly is your whinge about anyway? Want to go pay your car rego with your 20c collection?[/quote>

No my good Watson, I would have thought it was elementary – cash is still legal tender, many older people prefer cash, many younger people still like to use cash. Open plan is noisy, and less secure for the staff. I suspect that their ““triple bottom line assessment, social accessibility study and cost benefit study” is more about internal savings and less about service delivery but perhaps all the hip young things conducting the surveys what to be cutting edge – bah humbug!

But you want your cake and eat it too. Without internal savings, you’re going to have to limit the services you can offer. Sure you can have it all. If you pay for it.

grump 4:04 pm 20 Nov 13

Watson said :

grump said :

What exactly is your whinge about anyway? Want to go pay your car rego with your 20c collection?[/quote>

No my good Watson, I would have thought it was elementary – cash is still legal tender, many older people prefer cash, many younger people still like to use cash. Open plan is noisy, and less secure for the staff. I suspect that their ““triple bottom line assessment, social accessibility study and cost benefit study” is more about internal savings and less about service delivery but perhaps all the hip young things conducting the surveys what to be cutting edge – bah humbug!

Watson 11:26 am 20 Nov 13

grump said :

What world are some of these government plonkers and advisers living in?

How long will this last once the first computer system failure happens with a shopfront full of people at lunch time or someone jumps the desk because they don’t like the additional fees for some late payment or whatever – were the staff asked their thoughts during the “triple bottom line assessment, social accessibility study and cost benefit study”?

You do realise that they won’t take cash payments if their “computer system” is down either, don’t you? Or do you think scribbling handwritten receipts and clipping notes to piles of cash is a more efficient way for the government to do business?

What exactly is your whinge about anyway? Want to go pay your car rego with your 20c collection?

JazzyJess 11:08 am 20 Nov 13

Mess said :

They’ve implemented the open plan style at the Medicare/Centrelink office in Braddon. It’s pretty horrible, can’t imagine what is must be like to work there.

This. Open plan offices are noisy and impersonal.

Mess 10:10 am 20 Nov 13

They’ve implemented the open plan style at the Medicare/Centrelink office in Braddon. It’s pretty horrible, can’t imagine what is must be like to work there.

grump 10:07 pm 19 Nov 13

too many syllables? Simple statement really – will like to see how long this last once the real world intervenes in their planning nirvana

joingler 8:16 pm 19 Nov 13

grump said :

What world are some of these government plonkers and advisers living in?

How long will this last once the first computer system failure happens with a shopfront full of people at lunch time or someone jumps the desk because they don’t like the additional fees for some late payment or whatever – were the staff asked their thoughts during the “triple bottom line assessment, social accessibility study and cost benefit study”?

huh?

grump 10:51 am 19 Nov 13

What world are some of these government plonkers and advisers living in?

How long will this last once the first computer system failure happens with a shopfront full of people at lunch time or someone jumps the desk because they don’t like the additional fees for some late payment or whatever – were the staff asked their thoughts during the “triple bottom line assessment, social accessibility study and cost benefit study”?

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