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Open . . . Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks said he was delighted to officially open the refurbished council building on Friday. PHOTO: FIONA ELLIS

Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks said he was delighted to officially open the refurbished council building last Friday.

“Welcome, take the opportunity to have a look,” Mr Hicks said to the people gathered.

He appreciated the time and effort council staff and contractors had put into making the building a success.

“You can be justly proud.”

The original building was constructed in the 1960s.

The upgrade cost $6.02million and took 12 months to complete.

The new building is 210sqm larger than the original offices and accommodated 45 staff over two floors.

“There is nothing more important in a building than people,” Mr Hicks said.

Amanda Tulloch, of Gore, attended the opening.

She remembered the building being “quite intimidating” when her father, Ian Tulloch, was mayor in the 1990s.

However it was much more open now, she said.

“It will be really good to go in and have a look.”

PHOTO/REPORT: FIONA ELLIS