Tyson Golder believes the Maranoa Regional Council is too ‘top-heavy’ to function properly.
Tyson Golder believes the Maranoa Regional Council is too ‘top-heavy’ to function properly. Blake Antrobus

Golder and Loughnan go toe-to-toe on council worker stats

MARANOA Mayoral candidate Tyson Golder believes the current council model is too ‘top-heavy’ and filled with ‘bureaucracy’.

But Mayor Robert Loughnan has fired back at statistics his opponent has used to defend this plan.

Local businessman Mr Golder unveiled his new plan for the Maranoa in his speech on Thursday night at the Meet the Candidates dinner in Surat.

Speaking to the Western Star, Mr Golder said he would re-arrange council and de-centralise its service and operations workforce.

“I believe 80% of the problems council have are to do with council getting back to local people in the separate towns,” he said.

“We want to go back to the structure of local councils, so that Surat looks after itself, Injune looks after itself and so on.

“We want to go back to the model before amalgamation and put the bottom half of it back in place, meaning people get their services back.”

Mr Golder said his plan would remove “duplication” and save money without sacking anyone from the employment base, which he said had reached up to 500 workers.

“What the deal is there was about 300 or less [workers] before amalgamation and it’s just been climbing to about 500,” he said.

“When you have that big council, it has a lot of bureaucracy in it.

“There will be no sackings of people, but when people leave and they are in an area that is top-heavy, they won’t be replaced.

“This is a major cost-saving initiative and it might mean there are more people employed in the right areas.”

Cr Loughnan said his opponent was “badly informed” on the figures, producing figures showing the number of workers had fallen from 496 in 2008 to 418 in 2016.

He said more workers would mean more bureaucracy, regardless of whether they worked in policy or operations.

“It is a really thin structure at the top – we’ve got a really thin upper end and we’ve got a reduced number of managers,” Cr Loughnan said.

“We’re keeping the appropriate numbers in all the towns and I’d like to see more people around Mitchell in the future.

“There’s no point going back to more bureaucracy whether it’s on the top or bottom.”

In response to the statistics, Mr Golder said would like to be able to audit the council to find out for himself.

“We have not had the ability to audit council employment numbers and I’d love council to give us the ability to do that,” he said.

What do you think of how council is running? Let us know by emailing editorial@ westernstarnews.com.


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