CLARENCE Valley mayor Ian Tiley. The council has supported moves to oppose the government?s industrial relations reforms.
CLARENCE Valley mayor Ian Tiley. The council has supported moves to oppose the government?s industrial relations reforms.

Valley council jobs Howard?s way



CLARENCE Valley Council has supported moves by local government's overseeing body to oppose the Howard Government's controversial industrial relations reforms.

The Local Government and Shires Association (LGSA) sees problems with the proposed reforms and has urged councils to take a firm stand against them.

In a mayoral minute tabled at the Clarence Valley Council's latest meeting, director of corporate Services Ross Bryant said issues raised by the LGSA were valid and should be supported.

He raised the question of what impact the reforms would have on rural communities and small business.

"It has been suggested that the use of individual contracts will exacerbate the shift of labour resources to the cities where there are greater rewards and where big business can offer more under individual agreements," he said.

Meanwhile, council is continuing its push for added police strength in the Valley, following last months public meeting on law and order.

The council has adopted a mayoral minute that State Police Minister Carl Scully be approached to bolster police numbers to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Cr Tiley called the public meeting at South Grafton on July 27.

More than 50 people turned up and were encouraged by the mayor to use the meeting as an opportunity to find solutions.

Excessive use of alcohol leading to anti-social behaviour and the lack of a police presence in the Clarence Valley were two of the major issues raised at the public meeting.



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