Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Reducing Our Costs; FROM THE MAYOR'S DESK

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Reducing Our Costs; FROM THE MAYOR'S DESK

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Byline: Rockhampton Region

DURING the last budget I talked about the need for us to make long-term changes to reduce our costs as a result of de-amalgamation.

We needed to reduce the number of staff across the council because wages are by far our most significant cost. We just couldn't make any real long-term savings without reducing staff.

What you saw playing out in the media included stories about "extra" staff being sent to Livingstone Shire, and stories about the Heritage Village and Archer Park Railway Station, the showgrounds and, more recently, about our seniors centres (Bauhinia House and Scotia Place).

These are all connected to our need to rein in council expenditure.

Scotia Place and Bauhinia House previously had an "on-site" manager. Now the office spaces in both of our senior centres are being leased by other groups. 60 and Better have set up "office" at Bauhinia House, and Health and Community Care (HACC) are now resident in the office of Scotia Place. …

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