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Council flags big job cuts

Friday, 10th May, 2013

By Erica Visser

City Council jobs will be on the chopping block following a major review of services, interim gen- eral manager Greg Wright says.

Mr Wright said that it was a reality that Council staff had to be cut back considerably, however he said it was too early to say which departments would be reduced in size.

During a discussion on the newly-adopted draft budget, Mr Wright told the BDT that Council needed to either increase revenue or make cuts where possible in order to survive.

“It’s a bit like having a champagne taste on a beer budget,” he said.

Mr Wright said that cost- saving methods may be, for example, mowing the lawn at Sturt park “eight times instead of 12 each year”.

He said that another reason for the service review was to get rid of ineff iciencies that were costing Council.

“I think in any large organisation with nearly 300 people, my view is that there are some ineff iciencies there,” Mr Wright said.

“Broken Hill needs to be relatively self-contained. A lot of it is built-in ineff iciencies but if things couldn’t be improved I’d be surprised.”

Council’s Chief Financial Officer, Tim Drew, said that the review had been needed for a long time and was not just sparked by the recent $7 million Perilya rates case.

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Workers vow to fight

Tuesday, 9th October, 2012

Leanne Shamroze-Barber (NSWNA BH branch president), Marg Burrowes (BHHS School Learning Support Officer) and Zoe Tonkin (NSWNA BH branch vice-president) at the meeting yesterday. Leanne Shamroze-Barber (NSWNA BH branch president), Marg Burrowes (BHHS School Learning Support Officer) and Zoe Tonkin (NSWNA BH branch vice-president) at the meeting yesterday.

By Darrin Manuel

Public sector workers have vowed to continue the fight against cuts by the O'Farrell government with further work stoppages.

A stop work meeting held at the Musician's Club yesterday attracted around 100 local workers and unionists from a range of professions.

The meeting, which was one of 46 across the State, was sparked by Premier Barry O'Farrell's plan to cap wages, slash entitlements and cut jobs in the public sector.

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