How the NSW budget will affect the Shoalhaven

MEMBER for South Coast Shelley Hancock said that only time will tell which local public service jobs were at risk, following the NSW budget handed down by state treasurer Mike Baird yesterday.The budget slashed the equivalent of 10,000 public sector jobs to help bring the state back to surplus from a forecast deficit of more than $800 million next financial year.“However front-line roles including nurses, police officers and teachers were quarantined,” Mrs Hancock said.“We are sticking to our pre-election promise to increase jobs in those areas,” she said.She said the public service cuts may not affect permanent departmental jobs.Directors general of government departments will be given the flexibility to find the cuts by reducing contractor levels or other labour-related savings.But she admitted there may be local job losses.“There is still a chance depending on how the agencies make those decisions,” said Mrs Hancock.The Public Service Association has called on the NSW government to reveal exactly which jobs are at risk.“It’s easy to put an abstract figure, but each of these positions delivers services to the people of NSW,” said PSA general secretary John Cahill.“The 10,000 positions in the O’Farrell Government’s line of sight include school assistants, motor registry employees, park rangers, scientists, land and water management specialists and health and education policy experts.“I challenge the Premier to identify which of these services to the community will be cut by sacking staff and which communities will be affected.”This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.