Staff cuts as council undergoes organisation restructure

Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council has endorsed a new organisational structure.

The new structure is anticipated to save $400,000 in salaries.

Interim general manager Les McMahon said, to accomplish the transition, he expects a number of managers to accept voluntary redundancies or be made redundant due to not being successful into a new position. This will cost around $200,000 in entitlements paid out as part of Award provisions.

Currently, the total employment costs for manager positions are $1.9M per year. The proposed changes will reduce the cost by $400,000.

In line with the Local Government Act, the council is required to review, and may re-determine, the organisation structure within 12 months after any ordinary election of the council.

The three objectives of the restructure are:

• To develop an organisational structure that is fit for purpose and will facilitate the achievement of the elected council’s mission, vision and outcomes specified in the council’s Community Strategic Plan 2022.

• To develop a ‘whole of organisation’ structure where one manager will be overseeing a section of the entire organisation, not split by previous boundary area. 

• To ensure the council has an organisational design that is effective in the delivery of services and is done in the most cost-effective method available to ensure CGRC financial viability into the future.

Councillors discussed the draft organisational structure at a workshop on June 7. It was subsequently submitted to the management team during a meeting on June 8.

The draft structure has been discussed with council staff through consultation sessions with Mr McMahon and was presented to the CGRC consultative committee on June 14 for consideration.  

Staff have been requested to submit any questions or feedback to the council’s acting deputy general manager Glen McAtear.

The council endorsed the new organisational structure at their monthly meeting held in Cootamundra on Tuesday night.

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