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Staff retention & recruitment a concern at council

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The United Services Union says a significant number of job vacancies at Wingecarribee Council are causing stress and anxiety amongst its members.

At yesterday's council meeting it was revealed staff retention over the last two or so years has ranged from between 24 and 26 per cent.

Union Official Rudi Oppitz said it's creating delays in planning assessment times.

"The shire is a growing area and the planning department needs to be functioning and appropriately staffed.

"I know our membership within the council are raising their concerns on a continual basis with respective managers,"Mr. Oppitz said.

Council's Interim Administrator Viv May also spoke about the issue at last night's council meeting.

"I would think in relation to DA's, Wingecarribe Council is not alone in the number of DA's coming in to all councils.

"I'm very conscious of the difficulties, that the planning section here has had and we're going through a re-building stage,"Mr. May said.

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