The Roxby Council is the authority responsible for the management of the Municipality of Roxby Downs and in accordance with the provisions of the acts and relevant legislation it is an administered council with its administrator being a State Government appointment.
25 January 2016 - Update: response to Advertiser article
In a story published in The Advertiser, Friday 22 January 2016, it was claimed in research commissioned by the South Australian Liberal Party that Roxby Council had had a 41 percent increase in its annual wages.
The statistics do not tell the story. Council has actually reduced its operating costs.
Besides wages, the expenditure attributed to Roxby Council also includes superannuation, workers’ compensation and indirect staff costs.
More significantly, what is not shown is the reduction in materials, contractors and other expenses from $11,731,000 to $9,820,000 as a result in part due to a workforce restructure. Work previously undertaken by contractors is now performed by Council staff. Budget is projected to delivered substantial nett savings in these areas.
As detailed in Council’s 2014/15 annual report, the first stage of the restructure saw Council’s fulltime equivalent employment increase from 27 to 44. This mainly involved staffing of the Roxby Downs Cultural and Leisure Precinct. The change in operation has been phased in over two years with organisational efficiencies that actually reduced the number of people required to perform the necessary work.
The 2015/16 business plan projected a further increase in staff numbers with a number of short term casuals who work varying hours now directly employed by Council. This has increased the fulltime equivalent employment to around 60.
Overall, Council now performs work that previously was outsourced at greater cost for a lesser amount. Some positions are also funded by new grants and other arrangements.
There is a significant downturn in the local economy because of staff and contractor reductions at BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam Mine. Council has responsibly managed its workforce to maintain the services that our community needs in an environment of declining external revenue.
Council’s current budget was approved by the State Government and BHP Billiton consistent with the requirements of the Roxby Downs (Indenture Ratification) Act 1982 after extensive public consultation.
Roxby Council’s books are open to everyone. I invite anyone with an interest in our performance to look for themselves. The community is also given an opportunity to participate in our Annual Business Planning process, which helps form our plans and budget for the following year, towards the middle of each year, and I strongly encourage all residents to get involved.
I am proud of the performance of Roxby Council and our employees who work hard to serve the Roxby Community. We now employ many young people directly, instead of indirectly, and can now offer terrific career paths.
22 January 2016 - Response to Advertiser article
In today’s Adelaide Advertiser an article has been published relating to research commissioned by the South Australian Liberal Party into local council wages. The article claims that Roxby Council had a 41 percent increase in its annual wages.
16 December 2015 - Annual Report published
Each year, Roxby Council is required to produce an Annual Report containing legislative information (such as Annual Financial Statements) and providing a summary of projects and services completed throughout the year.
Council's 2014-15 Annual Report is now available for viewing here
Council's new 2016 Waste Collection Calendar can be viewed here
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