Parks jobs in the firing line

A restructure of National Parks and Wildlife in NSW will mean 200 jobs are cut and bushfire risk will increase, according to the NSW Shadow Environment Minister Catherine Cusack.

Offices at Port Macquarie and Merimbula are expected to be closed, with an office in Coffs Harbour managing the South Coast region. The office at Alstonville is expected to remain open, but is likely to be part of a new ‘coastal region’ that will be created.

Ms Cusack said some of the positions that may go include fire management officers who work on fire fighting and risk management strategies.

“With temperatures soaring and dangerous fires burning across the state, Nathan Rees and his ministers should not be axing essential fire-fighting positions,” Ms Cusack said. “Labor’s claims that these job cuts are not frontline positions is more of the same spin and excuses we have come to expect... in fact these are vital frontline jobs, providing leadership, experience and hands on fire fighting service during times of crisis.

“At this stage the government has not released a clear statement of what they are doing. They need to give clear information about what they are trying to do.”


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