MP sees staff resolution soon

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INTERESTED ONLOOKERS: Municipal inspector, Peter Stephenson (right), and Tim McCurdy (MLA, Murray Valley) were front and centre at Tuesday night’s council meeting. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

TIM McCurdy (MLA, Murray Valley) is confident there will be a resolution to the staff issue at council in the next fortnight.

All four of the Rural City of Wangaratta council’s corporate management team (CMT) have been on leave for various lengths of time over the past two months, with their positions filled by acting directors, which is an extra cost burden to ratepayers.

The official reason for the staff being on leave is that they are on leave for health related conditions (the Chronicle is not disputing this) – though it is also known staff have been locked in negotiations with councillors through the Fair Work Commission, as they seek the provision of a safe workplace.

Mr McCurdy was an interested onlooker at Tuesday night’s council meeting, sitting next to municipal inspector, Peter Stephenson.

He said he continued to liaise with Minister for Local Government, Jeanette Powell, about the situation at council.

“I haven’t had an update recently but obviously the next step in the process is for Peter Stephenson to hand his report to the minister,” he said.

“There’s also a bit of a waiting game to see what’s going to happen with the (senior) staff.

“I think that might be resolved in the next couple of weeks and that will have a bearing on the minister’s thoughts.”

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