In this article, the group proposing the amalgamation of local councils claimed, once amalgamated, the “existing council offices will all continue” and, in fact, there would be an “improvement to existing services”.
How disappointing then YP Council continues with its top-centric approach with a push to close the Warooka council office. Have reduced hours for the Maitland office been considered to save money?
I wouldn’t think so. Council’s website states it is seeking “the most appropriate level of service that will yield benefits for the entire community”.
I fail to see how proposing to cease a council service that benefits lower YP residents, who already have reduced facilities, meets this goal. The inference a council officer has to “juggle” their duties whilst “looking after” the Warooka office on Tuesdays and Thursdays is insulting.
If the Warooka office is visited as little as claimed, surely this uninterrupted time should create an environment to complete more work and with more efficiency. Council finds it “difficult to continue to justify the separation of this officer from the finance team”.
Surely, the justification is providing a service to all ratepayers. I strongly urge all Warooka and district residents to read the information sheet on the council’s website or get one from the council office (while it’s still open) and respond with feedback as soon as possible.
Kristin Murdock, Warooka