MINISTER REFUSES TO RULE OUT JOB LOSSES

Forestry Jobs

MINISTER REFUSES TO RULE OUT JOB LOSSES

8 October 1999

Member for Lismore, Thomas George, today said Forestry Minister Kim Yeadon refused to be drawn on the number of job losses when questioned about the State Forest restructure during the last session of Parliament by the State Opposition spokesperson Don Page. However, he conceded a number of State Forest offices would be amalgamated.

The Northern Rivers and mid North Coast regions will be amalgamated, with the new regional office to be located at Coffs Harbour. The State Forests office at Casino will remain as an administrative centre. Staff numbers at the centre has yet to be finalised.

"This is code for significant job losses and downgrading from District Offices to administrative centres," Mr George said.

"Together with the failure by the Carr Government to address high workers compensation premiums for the timber industry in NSW were costing timber jobs in the public and private sector in the country.

"In NSW logging companies have to pay premiums of 15.65% compared to 7.1% in Victoria," he said.

"It is totally unacceptable that NSW should be so far behind Queensland and Victoria in relation to workers compensation premiums.

"The job losses in both the public sector (State Forests) and the private sector (timber industry) showed how little the so-called Country Labor really cared about country jobs," Mr George concluded.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

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