Lockyer Valley councillors sat for a special meeting today to approve the changes. Photo: Contributed
Lockyer Valley councillors sat for a special meeting today to approve the changes. Photo: Contributed

Council confirms workers will lose jobs

A REGIONAL council has confirmed jobs will be lost as it restructures its workforce to cut costs.

The Lockyer Valley Regional Council held a special meeting on Tuesday, lasting just ten minutes, to adopt a new organisational structure.

The realigned structure is the second stage of an organisational effectiveness review, affecting the management level and below of the council, and is forecast to save the council $2.5 million in wage costs a year.

While the subject of job losses wasn’t directly addressed in the report included in the meeting agenda or discussed at the meeting, the council has now confirmed jobs will be going.

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People and culture portfolio councillor Brett Qualischefski said one of the recommendations from the effectiveness review, which sparked the restructure, was to “reduce silos and improve information flow and communication”.

“In realigning functions within the council’s operations, efficiency improvements have been identified and duplication eliminated,” Cr Qualischefski said.

“As a result there will be a saving in wages through a reduction in staff numbers.

“It is important to note that full consultation is occurring with impacted staff and unions and all legislative processes are being followed.”

The council did not disclose how many jobs are expected to go when asked by the Gatton Star.

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However, in supporting the new structure at the Tuesday meeting, Councillor Janice Holstein noted there was a large increase in the workforce nine years ago.

“This organisation after the 2011 floods had huge numbers of staff added to the workforce, which was needed at the time,” Cr Holstein said.

“Since most of that work some years ago has been completed, we’ve moved towards getting back to where we need to be.”

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The new structure will take affect from July 1, and it is expected the changes will be fully implemented by September 30.