Govt jobs lost and not filled

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A LOSS of government de­part­ment ser­vices at Gayn­dah is cause for con­cern.

In the past four months, the De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines of­fice has ceased its ser­vices and Gayn­dah Po­lice Sta­tion lost an ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer.

Don Em­mer­ton worked in the Gayn­dah nat­u­ral re­sources of­fice for more than half a cen­tury. The of­fice closed since his re­tire­ment in Novem­ber last year.

Mayor Don Waugh said there had been no re­place­ment to fill the po­si­tion.

“They don’t re­alise that peo­ple come to town and they like to do their busi­ness in town, face to face,” CrWaugh said. “Peo­ple liked it the way it was. “Es­pe­cially in coun­try towns, we need to re­tain the ser­vices we have.

“We still can’t get ac­cess to of­fice ad­mins for our lo­cal po­lice in Gayn­dah and Biggen­den is in the same boat.”

The ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer po­si­tions at both Gayn­dah and Biggen­den po­lice sta­tions were made re­dun­dant last year.

Nat­u­ral re­sources se­nior land of­fi­cer Toni Fer­gu­son said there were no plans to re­placeMr Em­mer­ton’s po­si­tion.

“We are ser­vic­ing the Gayn­dah area out of the Mary­bor­ough of­fice,” he said. ■ Do Cen­tral and North Bur­nett towns get over­looked by government ser­vices? Write a let­ter to the ed­i­tor and send it to PO Box 312, Kin­garoy.

Or email your let­ter to ed­i­to­rial@south­bur­nett­times.com.au.

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