Minister talks job changes at G-MW

By Country News

Victorian Water Minister Lisa Neville met with Goulburn-Murray Water chair Diane James and managing director Charmaine Quick last week while on a visit to the region.

The new leadership of G-MW has been charged with taking millions of dollars in costs out of the organisation, as part of a ‘transformation’ program.

‘‘They need to be able to demonstrate that this is a sustainable business with water prices at a level which allow people to stay in the region and keep their businesses,’’ Ms Neville said last week.

‘‘That’s what is driving the changes and that’s what I will be keeping them to account for.’’

Asked about staff redundancies, Ms Neville said there had not been any final decisions.

‘‘Ultimately the footprint of G-MW will be smaller than it is now, and the costs need to reflect that.’’

She said the changes were not about jobs, but about looking at how the business needed to change to reflect the changing roles and requirements for the business.

‘‘It’s about the right people in the right jobs,’’ Ms Neville said.

In terms of any redundancies she said there were protocols to be observed with the staff and the unions.

G-MW recently announced a spill of senior executive positions and is recruiting for new senior positions.