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Media release: BUDGET CUTS

THE Community and Public Sector Union calls on the Minister for Parks and Wildlife Matthew Groom to put a stop to the redundancy program that will see 25 – 30 experienced Parks staff made redundant before the end of the financial year.

A report released by the union today details the impact this reduction in staffing will have on the critical services provided by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Read the report below.

What is happening to our Parks & Wildlife Service – Feb 2015

“The capacity of our Parks and Wildlife Service to protect the 3,607,200 hectares of Tasmania it is responsible to manage is under threat from these job losses”, said CPSU General Secretary Tom Lynch.

“The Minister is wrong when he says the Parks and Wildlife service has the money to deliver its core business and he is wrong when he says it will still be able to protect and promote Tasmania’s parks and wildlife”, said Mr. Lynch.

The report, collated from discussions with many Parks and Wildlife staff, highlights six key areas that will be significantly impacted by further job cuts. These include the ability to respond to wildfires, the ability to provide a safe experience for visitors to our parks and reserves and the ability to support an increasing number of local tourism operators.

“It is bizarre that a government who tells the world it wants more visitors to our parks and greater access for tourism operators is cutting the very staff that could make those policies real,” said Mr Lynch.

“There is a disconnect between what this government says and what it does and nothing will undermine business confidence faster than the government encouraging entrepreneurs to come forward with ideas only to find the projects are undermined by a lack of capacity in the Parks and Wildlife Service,” said Mr Lynch

“In 2012 a Legislative Council report recommended the government increase funding for the Parks and Wildlife Service from around $10 per hectare managed to around $16 per hectare and not to increase the land PWS is responsible for managing without additional resources. Since then PWS has had an additional 320,000 hectares transferred into its management but recurrent funding has been cut rather than increased,” said Mr Lynch.


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