Job cuts jeopardise effective road safety strategy for NSW
The NSW Public Service Association fears recently announced job cuts at the Centre for Road Safety could remove staff with the specialist skills needed to successfully implement the state’s new Road Safety Strategy.
The PSA calls on the State Government to place all staff cuts at the Centre on hold until a final Road Safety Strategy is released with input from the community, workers and key stakeholders.
The Centre for Road Safety will lose more than a quarter of staff and millions of dollars in funding under budget cuts announced last month.
“At the same time as the NSW Government is outlining new initiatives to improve road safety over the next decade, it is cutting the staff with the skills and expertise to deliver these ambitious plans,” Assistant Secretary Steve Turner said today.
“The cuts will hit hard at the Centre’s specialist work, including road safety education and engineering safety solutions.
“A centrepiece of the new Strategy is designing a road system more forgiving of human error from drivers, yet one of the Centre’s key programs that targets improvements such as barriers on dangerous road and pedestrian fencing will be slashed by more than $2 million.
“Experienced and highly skilled staff such as engineers and road designers will be lost or face an uncertain future, when they could be vital for the successful implementation of the new Road Safety Strategy.
“A world class road safety strategy for NSW will need more expert staff to deliver it, not cutting corners with less.
“There should be a moratorium on any further staff cuts and changes at the Centre for Road Safety until there’s a clear path ahead for the staff and resources needed to deliver the new Strategy,” Mr Turner said.
Contact: Steve Turner 0418 675 564 / Jane Garcia 0434 489 533