Deputy premier Andrew Stonerwith Chris Gulaptis.
Deputy premier Andrew Stonerwith Chris Gulaptis. Adam Hourigan

Other jobs not guaranteed: Stoner

TWO days before his self-imposed deadline for a major public sector jobs announcement, Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner yesterday said there would be 75 new Government jobs for Grafton - but he could not guarantee other jobs would stay clear of the chopping block.

The new local jobs, (below) were announced after a concerted campaign by the Clarence Valley community, unions and local media who were outraged by the loss of 108 jobs at the Grafton Jail in July.

Speaking outside the office of Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis yesterday, Mr Stoner said he could not guarantee that other public sector jobs in the Clarence Valley would be spared in state-wide cuts of an estimated 15,000 positions.

Mr Stoner said the 75 new jobs were in addition to the 30 Roads and Maritime Services roles announced in July and the 10 jobs clawed back to the former jail - now named Grafton Transient and Intake Centre. The centre will now be staffed by 34 custodial and five non-custodial workers.

He said the 45 new jobs in the Crown Lands Department would be advertised and open to local workers. These jobs, he said, were permanent full-time positions which had a six-year backlog to clear before any review.

Mr Stoner said he expected the majority of the jobs in the other departments to be advertised locally but first options would be given to workers in these roles in Sydney.

New local jobs

  •  45 staff - Crown Lands Division. A new unit established, Crown Roads Program, to clear six-year backlog and accelerate the disposal of "paper" Crown roads (2012/13 budget);
  •  25 staff - Renting Services (formerly the Rental Bond Board), a section of the Department of Finance and Services (2014/15 budget), and;
  •  Five staff - Office of Environment and Heritage (National Parks and Wildlife Services) to deal with native vegetation issues (2012/13 budget).

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