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Qld Govt cuts mean regional development jobs to go

ELEVEN regional development officers will lose their jobs in regional Queensland while their surviving colleagues pick up the slack.

Four of the positions are flagged to go from the Sunshine Coast, two from Cairns, two from Ipswich and one from Maryborough, Toowoomba and Bundaberg.

Gladstone and Mackay will loose higher-paid but similar managerial roles.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney told an estimates hearing in Parliament on Wednesday that the remaining regional development officers would continue the same work, "albeit with less staff".

"The real challenge is to make sure the regional development officers continue to provide the services they have up until now," he said.

"That is a challenge for every minister right across government.

"It's about the services that can be provided through these officers and how we maintain these services and retain these services provided...especially for those who come from regional Queensland."

Eight additional client support positions within the Infrastructure, State Development and Planning Department have also been axed from the Sunshine Coast, Maryborough, Townsville, Cairns and Rockhampton.

Across the entire State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Department, the workforce will reduce by 153 permanent positions.



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