Steve Cansdell.
Steve Cansdell.

Trenayr research jobs safe

THE State Government’s cost cutting will not affect local jobs at the Trenayr Road Agricultural Research and Advisory Station, State MP Steve Cansdell said.

“As far as I am aware they (jobs) are not under any threat at all.

“Not anywhere in Grafton, not at this stage,” he said.

Fear arose for jobs at the Trenayr site when 11 research scientists at the Forest Science Centre in western Sydney lost their jobs last week. NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson said the NSW Government instigated the job cuts to help balance the budget.

The Agricultural Research and Advisory Station also carries out forestry research on behalf of the Department of Primary Industries.

“I asked the minister last week, are the jobs at Trenayr safe, and she assured me they are,” said Mr Cansdell.

“I hope I’m not wrong.”

The minister would not speculate on state budget specifics, due to be handed down September 6.

“We’re determined to restore the state’s finances. We are also determined to meet our election commitments.

“This means improving frontline services and building the infrastructure the state needs.”

Unions NSW secretary Mark Lennon said the Government was planning to cut services to the state by cutting back office staff.



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