Council has shed 17 jobs on top of the 48 ditched since 2008

UPDATE: Fraser Coast Regional Council has cut 17 full-time positions this financial year after already cutting 48 jobs since amalgamation in 2008.

The changes amount to about $5 million in savings and are a combination of redundancies, natural attrition and the loss of external funding.

The job cuts were revealed as part of the Chronicle's ongoing investigation into the council's attempt to take back control of Wide Bay Water.

Cr Robert Garland, who sits on the water advisory committee, told the Chronicle that Wide Bay Water had not delivered the same level of savings since amalgamation.

If the council regains control of Wide Bay Water, it would mean the loss of an estimated 30 positions.

In the council, the bulk of the cuts were made from management and corporate services, with a combined loss of 34 positions.

It meant savings of about $1.6 million from management and technical and $1.2 million from corporate services.

A further 14 positions have been cut from administration and four from infrastructure and environment.

And 13 positions were cut from community and development.

Fraser Coast Council chief executive Lisa Desmond said the cuts in community and development was primarily due to a downturn in the development industry and the loss of funding for community programs.

She said figures were unavailable on how many of the 65 positions lost were redundancies.

Mrs Desmond said the bulk of redundancies, particularly in corporate positions, were made when four former councils amalgamated to become Fraser Coast Regional Council in 2008.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the positions would be cut this financial year but the council said they already had been cut.

Council job cuts

  • 2008-09 - 9 FTE (full-time equivalent position)
  • 2009-10 - 20 FTE
  • 2010-11 - 0 FTE
  • 2011-12 - 18 FTE
  • 2012-13 - 1 FTE
  • 2013-14 - 17 FTE
  • All 65 positions amount to $5,078,897 in savings.

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