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Wilcannia workers keen to stay on

Friday, 20th February, 2015

Isolated towns like Wilcannia have always had trouble attracting employees from out of town, but now it seems some of them do not want to leave.

Several council workers have recently asked if they can buy the homes they now rent from the Central Darling Shire.

The council owns 15 residences which are kept as an incentive to attract staff to town because there are few places to rent.

As a rule, employees were not inclined to buy a home because they were usually on medium to short term contracts, according to a report to council.

But others were now deciding to make a longer term commitment and that, according to a new report to council, would be good for everyone. 

“The opportunity to purchase a dwelling provides a degree of permanence in the workforce, especially for those positions difficult to attract,” the report said. 

“It further enables the occupant to increase the standard and living conditions relevant to their own particular need.” 

Selling the homes would mean that council would lose the income from renting them, but it would also reduce Council’s maintenance costs, and the new owners would be paying rates. 

Council will meet next week to consider authorising the General Manager to obtain independent valuations of the properties.

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