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Plans to merge multiple land-service departments will see 16 Catchment Management Authority (CMA) jobs axed on the north coast, according to the public service union.

The cuts involve the closure of the CMA office in Murwillumbah with the loss of two jobs. One job will go from the Alstonville office.

A Public Service Association spokesperson told ABC radio that other jobs would be lost from Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey and Armidale when the CMA merges with the Department of Primary Industries and other livestock health and pest authorities.

The spokesperson said the merger was to form a new local land services body kicking off in January that ‘wouldn’t be as effective’.

‘There has been no duplication of roles and we don’t understand what efficiencies have been created out of the government’s reform agenda other than to make a budget saving to redirect money that’s spent on providing services to other infrastructure projects of the government’s determination,’ the spokesperson said.


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