Bundaberg SunWater jobs safe

SWEEPING changes to water supply company SunWater’s business structure has led to 11 Bundaberg jobs being scrapped, as part of statewide reforms.

However, the company will centralise its pump and pipeline network management in Bundaberg.

SunWater spokesman Glenn Pluger said a review found the mostly administrative local positions were “deemed not to be needed” under the new structure.

“The people filling those 11 positions will continue to work for SunWater and over the next 18 months will work with our human resources department on a number of options being made available to them,” he said.

Mr Pfluger said the positions deemed unnecessary were field staff, and all field services to customers would remain the same.

“All of these people will be first cab off the rank for any vacant position that becomes available in SunWater through normal staff attrition,” Mr Pfluger said.

“SunWater will also work closely with those staff members affected to look at retraining opportunities for existing positions that become available internally.

“Other options that are available are redeployment to other SunWater locations if that suits the affected staff member.”

He said the company had tried to accommodate staff where possible.

SunWater CEO Peter Boettcher said a comprehensive review was undertaken of the organisation’s statewide business functions to ensure it was delivering the best value for money for its customers across regional Queensland.

“During water price and lower bound cost negotiations, SunWater made a commitment to its customers that it would streamline its operations by reducing duplication and overlap of its administrative services and reduce its overall operational costs,” Mr Boettcher said.

“These changes are necessary to deliver on that commitment. No offices will be closed and there will be no forced redundancies.

“Changes will result in the organisation’s management of pumps and pipelines network for the entire state being centralised in Bundaberg.” he said.

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