Leu goes into bat for Shire
EFFORTS by mayor elect Julia Leu and the councillors elect to raise the issue of the staff transfers numbers with the state government have so far gone nowhere.
On Monday, Division 10 Councillor and mayor elect Julia Leu wrote to the Minister for Local Government, David Crisafulli (see right), spelling out her deep concern with the staffing numbers issue and asking him to intervene in the matter to remediate the apparent unfairness towards Douglas Shire.
As of yesterday afternoon Cr Leu told the Gazette she’d had no reply from Mr Crisafulli. Similarly, representations on the matter to Member for Cook, David Kempton, on Monday night ahead of the roundabout consultation meeting (see page 4) have not produced a response.
What did get a response, however, was Cr Leu’s letter to the Cairns Post yesterday. It said: CRC forced transfer of staff to the new Douglas Shire Council.
This is an outrageous and blatant attempt by Cairns Regional Council to sabotage and undermine the new Douglas at the 11th hour.
It is a cruel act on the staff involved and will create an unnecessary and unwarranted financial burden on the new Council.
Incredibly, this has been done in the full knowledge that DSC doesn’t need or even have the space for these additional positions.
It is reprehensible to forcibly transfer more staff than required, when for months CRC has been privy to the new DSC staffing structure of around 138 positions.
I have appealed to Minister David Crisafulli and local MP David Kempton to intervene, as they have both consistently and publicly stated they want the new Council to be successful. Allowing CRC to callously shed staff at the expense of the new Douglas Shire Council should not be permitted to proceed.
The ABC Radio in Cairns picked up on it, noted the word ‘‘sabotage’’, and phoned Cr Leu for an interview on the breakfast show in which she strongly put the Shire’s case for intervention in the staff transfer mess.
But first they tackled CRC mayor Bob Manning for his comments.
‘‘The transfers were in accordance with what was laid down in the regulations,’’ he told ABC Radio. ‘‘We haven’t gone outside of that. We have to stay within that. I wasn’t involved in the process, and I have no comment to make on it except to say that what was done was done in accordance with the process that was outlined for us by the state government.’’
In her radio interview Cr Leu pointed out that CRC