The United Services Union has commissioned Professor Brian Dollery to undertake an independent report reviewing the recent NSW Infrastructure Report and outcomes from a similar process embarked in Tasmania. Prof Brian Dollery has been very critical of the NSW Infrastructure Report, and the recommendation in the report regarding reducing regional water utilities from 105 to 30.
The USU is extremely concerned about and opposes the recent Infrastructure NSW Report proposal that recommends the “aggregation of (from 105 to around 30 authorities) water and wastewater delivery authorities.” The proposal allows the possibility of corporations being introduced into New South Wales Regional Water Supply and Sewerage Services.
The United Services Union, your Union, reports from several recent developments relating to the formation of the Central Coast Water Corporation. Gosford and Wyong Councils are embarking on a journey of major change over the next five years. Not only will around 400 water and wastewater staff transfer from their Council to a new Council-owned body - the Central Coast Water Corporation, but many more staff in support services like HR and IT will come together in a new joint service business to serve both Councils and the Corporation.