Despite staff cuts, councillors still need extra space

DESPITE the loss of 48 jobs at the Fraser Coast Regional Council, an office extension will be built to give councillors more room.

Since amalgamation in 2008 the council has dumped 48 jobs, mostly in administration and community and development.

Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the small office expansion - which he described as a "cost-effective module", would provide more working space in the overcrowded lunch room.

Cr O'Connell said the council had made several changes to find savings.

"While council staff numbers have changed since amalgamation, the empty office space is in buildings no longer used by council, such as the former Tiaro Shire Council office which has been converted into a medical facility or the former Woocoo Shire Council administration building which is now office space leased to TESS," he said.

"As part of moves to find savings council also cancelled leases on office space in Maryborough and moved staff to the administration building, Moreton St depot or other spaces such as Gatakers Art Space."

Councillors can work out of the Tavistock St administration site or at the Town Hall, but Cr O'Connell said they usually work from their car or home.



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