Whyalla's Cr Breuer praises council staff

PRAISE: Cr Tim Breuer commended staff after cost-cutting measures were tabled at Whyalla City Council.

PRAISE: Cr Tim Breuer commended staff after cost-cutting measures were tabled at Whyalla City Council.

A councillor has praised the staff of Whyalla City Council.

Cr Tim Breuer spoke during debate about a proposal for the council to sell two cars and an item of machinery in a cost-saving campaign amid the steelworks crisis.

He commended the work done by staff “to make the savings indicated in the report”.

He said it was a “massive effort” and the staff “should be very proud of yourselves”.

“It has been a fantastic effort to pool these savings together,” he said.

There was debate about the method of sale of the cars and whether local dealers had been given an opportunity to be involved.

Referring to a report on employee and other cost savings benefitting the community, Cr Colin Carter said the saving of about $625,000 in council remuneration and on-costs was “great”.

He said a “lot of that” – $311,472 – had been achieved in the engineering department.

He asked whether estimates had been done on the cost of outsourcing of engineering staff  and “how that would affect the overall estimate of saving”.

In the report to council, acting group manager for engineering and infrastructure Michelle Tucker said that as staff had changed, with fewer in management roles, there had been an alteration in vehicle requirements.

“Two vehicles are surplus to requirements and, once sold, will save about $20,000 yearly in operating and tax costs,” she said.

“Further changes to the organisation structure could see more reductions in the number of vehicles, increasing savings to about $50,000 yearly.

The savings in remuneration and on-costs were outlined by Mrs Tucker as:

*Chief executive officer: $66,639

*Community development: $72,324

*Engineering staff changes: $311,472

*Remove event co-ordinator: $82,600

*Retain status quo in information technology and library: $71,045

*Senior building to administration: $54,620

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