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MRD shift a major threat to Gympie

Gympie’s Main Roads office will soon hit the highway.
Gympie’s Main Roads office will soon hit the highway. Craig Warhurst

THE shifting of Gympie’s Main Roads Department office to Maroochydore would have unforeseen flow-on effects on the social, as well as the economic, life of the region, a union official warned yesterday.

Queensland State Service Union delegate for Gympie, Paul Church, said the move would ultimately shut down the Gympie office, taking 150 families to the Sunshine Coast.

And he says Gympie staff were surprised and disappointed at the lack of support their concerns had received from Gympie Regional Council.

Petitions against the move had received 3000 signatures on paper and 300 electronically.

“If all those families have two children, you get cuts in school enrolments and possible service cuts there.

“You get this flow-on effect.

“The issue we found very disconcerting is that we didn’t get any help from the council in any shape or form.

“They seemed almost surprised but it’s been going on for about 18 months,” he said.

"Eventually there’ll only be 21 people working here and they’ll be responsible to Bundaberg.

“We’ve had guarantees from the minister that no-one will lose their jobs but they are putting on new people down the coast. No-one here will be promoted and people know that a future minister can say they are redundant.”

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