Together union secretary Alex Scott said that from discussion with its public service members, he understood mine safety units would not affected – but the government had lied.
Together union secretary Alex Scott said that from discussion with its public service members, he understood mine safety units would not affected – but the government had lied. Sharyn O'Neill

413 natural resources jobs to go

JOB cuts in the Department of Natural Resources and Mines will hit regional Queensland, with 131 full-time staff to be sacked in towns and centres outside Brisbane.

The vast majority of the total 413 jobs to go in government cuts will come from Brisbane offices, at 279 "surplus staff".

But each of major regional centres Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Mackay, Bundaberg and Townville also will lose more than 10 staff each.

While Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps said yesterday the cuts would not affect environmental protection, government sources confirmed most of the jobs would not come from the traditional mines department - which approves resource projects.

"I have made it abundantly clear through this process that I wanted to minimise the impact of this restructure on rural and regional Queensland, where a loss of public sector positions can have a disproportionate effect," Mr Cripps said.

"I am satisfied that, in consultation with senior departmental managers, our savings program will protect the frontline services this department offers to all Queenslanders, and that we have minimised job losses in the bush."

Some 18 staff will be sacked in Toowoomba, 17 in Rockhampton, 16 in Bundaberg, 13 in Townsville and 10 in Mackay, while smaller towns will also feel the pinch.

Among the smaller towns in APN's footprint, six jobs will go at Caboolture, five in Emerald, four in Ipswich, three each in Robina, Warwick and Longreach, two each in Roma and Maryborough and one each in Goondiwindi, Chinchilla, Biloela and Gatton.

Together union secretary Alex Scott said that from discussion with its public service members, he understood mine safety units would not affected - but the government had lied.

"This govt has lied as it cut jobs, lied as it cut services, lied as it cut conditions," he said.

"On a day that we've seen more jobs cut in regional Queensland … we think the government needs to start telling the truth when it comes to the cuts it is making."

"This govt takes an inordinate amount of glee as it sacks more and more workers every day."

REGIONAL JOBS TO GO:

  • Toowoomba: 18
  • Rockhampton: 17
  • Bundaberg: 16
  • Townsville: 13
  • Mackay: 10

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