ORANGE City Council’s decision to scrap a department and make a senior staff member redundant is not a cost-cutting measure, according to a spokesman.
Enterprise services director Stephen Sykes will leave the council in September and work has already begun to divvy up his roles among the four remaining council directors as part of an organisational restructure agreed to by councillors earlier this month.
“It’s been done for management reasons not necessarily to save money,” council spokesman Allan Reeder said.
“The general manager, in a comment to staff, paid tribute to [Stephen Sykes’] long service and the quality of work he has done.”
Besides enterprise and business development the department also covered waste management, city presentation including parks and gardens, and tourism and promotion.
Mr Reeder said it was unclear if there would be an overall cost saving in streamlining the five council departments down to four, besides the loss of Mr Sykes’s salary.
“The work of council will continue to happen but in a more efficient way,” Mr Reeder said.
“We’re looking at the big picture rather than just shuffling the deckchairs around.
“What’s a tip got to do with tourism promotion? Waste resource recovery fits better with council’s approach to engineering.”
Mr Reeder denied the move was related to suggestions of an amalgamation with Blayney and Cabonne councils.
“Amalgamations are still a long way down the track,” he said.
The enterprise services department had 60 staff in total, according to the council’s most recent workforce management plan.
Technical services director Chris Devitt will take on waste management.
Tourism and promotion and the caravan park’s management will be done by corporate and commercial services director Kathy Woolley
Community and cultural services director Scott Maunder will take on parks and gardens and development services director David Waddell will manage natural resources staff.