WGCMA to face staff cuts

EMPLOYEES at West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority face an uncertain future following last week’s announcement of a “restructure”.

Seventeen long term positions, including full and part time, were made redundant on Friday after the State Government 25 per cent budget cut.

WGCMA said a significant reduction in funding had led to the restructure, which would take effect from 1 July.

“This is a big change for the organisation and means that some employees will be either redeployed or made redundant,” WGCMA chief executive Martin Fuller said.

The WGCMA receives the majority of its funding from state and federal government program initiatives.

Mr Fuller said funding changes would limit on-ground project work and the WGCMA’s ability to respond to landholders.

“The shift in funding means that our delivery approach will alter to focus on servicing statutory and planning requirements and high quality project management and delivery across the region rather than on broad scale river health projects,” he said.

Mr Fuller said a range of support services would be available for employees affected by the restructure.

“At this stage our focus is on the wellbeing of our staff, and we will be able to provide more information later this week,” he said.