Peter Finnigan, president of the Friends of the Heritage Village Association is concerned about the future of the village. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Peter Finnigan, president of the Friends of the Heritage Village Association is concerned about the future of the village. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK280313svillage

Rockhampton council staff gap created at Heritage Village

FOUR Heritage Village staff members will leave a "big" gap that Peter Finnigan says won't easily be filled "overnight".

The four full-time staff members will be transferred to the new Livingstone Shire Council when it becomes a governing body from January 1.

Immediately Mr Finnigan saw a problem.

He said the three remaining full-time staff members and two part-timers would have to increase their workload, which could mean working weekends, to cover the tasks that would need to be covered by seven staff members.

"You don't have to be a maths teacher to realise that this will present a problem," he said.

Mr Finnigan's concerns grew stronger when one of the office girls at the Heritage Village left on Friday for another position.

"Who is going to replace her at until the end of the year," he asked.

"Until the process of getting a new community organisation to take up the Heritage Village - which has been delayed - we have been left in the dark. It's going to take some training to fill those positions."

Last week, Mr Finnigan met with council community services general manager Michael Rowe, operations manager Peter Owens and Cr Rose Swadling for an update on the mayor's proposed changes to the Heritage Village.

As of yesterday nothing was set in concrete.

"De-amalgamation has definitely interfered with the implementation."



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