Council maintenance workers unfairly distributed across the shire

Not happy: Bargo Progress Association members want to see council maintenance staff equally distributed across the shire. Picture: Chris Lane
Not happy: Bargo Progress Association members want to see council maintenance staff equally distributed across the shire. Picture: Chris Lane

Members of the Bargo Progress Association have called on Wollondilly Council to more fairly distribute maintenance staff across the shire.

The council allocates a staff resource of 2.5 workers to clean Camden Park, known as Bridgewater, and Cawdor each week.

Yet only one maintenance worker is allocated to clean the entire Tahmoor, Bargo, Yanderra and Pheasants Nest region.

The other groups of towns also only receive one maintenance resource, except for the Warragamba, Silverdale, Werombi and Theresa Park region which is allocated 1.5 workers each week.

Association member Ray Law voiced displeasure about maintenance resourcing twice during his five years as a councillor and remains unhappy that no change in staff allocation has occurred.

“It is quite obvious that people in the southern end of the shire are being short changed,” he said.

“More than 3000 residents live in Tahmoor, Bargo, Yanderra and Pheasants Nest as opposed to the 500 who live in Bridgewater and Cawdor.

“There is some favouritism going on.

“We all pay the same base rate.

“We are all part of the shire and should all get the same number of maintenance staff allocated to our village.

“We want it to be equal across the shire.”

Mr Law said the association was calling for one full-time worker to be allocated to cover Tahmoor and another full time worker to clean up Bargo, Yanderra and Pheasants Nest.

“When people come off the freeway at Bargo they see the area is unkempt and there is rubbish on the roadside,” he said.

 “It is time we received our fair share.”

The council deploys 19 staff to clean town centres and open spaces, and maintain vegetation and landscaping.

In addition, two other building maintenance staff and a range of contractors including three mowing workers  are deployed on an as needs basis.

Wollondilly Council’s infrastructure and environment director Michael Malone said more resources were allocated to Bridgewater and Cawdor in 2014 because they had more gardens, vegetated pathways and road side landscaping areas than other developed areas across the shire.

Mr Malone said the unkempt gardens were a “hazard” and residents complained about the lack of maintenance.

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