Fourteen go in Wangaratta cost-cuts
Fourteen staff members at Victoria’s Wangaratta council have taken voluntary redundancy as the council seeks to cut costs.
Wangaratta is battling to stay ahead of a forecast decline in revenue, which is also linked to rate capping.
Council estimates the staff cuts will save around $1 million, with redundancy costs to be recouped in six months.
About twenty per cent of voluntary redundancy packages are going to staff currently working in management roles.
They are expected to leave their positions at various stages in the next three months.
Wangaratta general manager Brendan McGrath said council is still seeking more efficiency changes.
“Now that the voluntary redundancy program is finished we'll get on with reorganising our organisational structure,” he said.
“There's obviously a number of changes that need to be made to that now that flow through from the voluntary program, so it's possible that there will be some more changes flow out of that but they'll certainly be minor by comparison to the number of changes that have been made through the voluntary program.
“I think the benefits really are it will force us to be more focused on the areas that are important to the community.
“We'll be forced to be much more efficient in our processes, much more focused on getting outcomes.”