Mr DEAN asked a question of the Leader of Government Business in the
Legislative Council -
With regard to Metro services in Launceston and the position of northern
regional manager -
(1) Who made the decision to make the position of northern regional
(2) Has a similar managerial position been created in Hobart?
(3) Will the former incumbent in the position be employed in another
position and/or will he be paid out by way of redundancy?
(4) What were the employment conditions attached to the position of
northern regional manager?
(5) Did consultation take place with the Launceston City Council prior
to the decision being made?
(6) The position of northern regional manager provided immediate access
for the public and other officials in determining issues regarding bus
routes and user concerns, including attendance at meetings called at
short notice. What processes will now be available to accommodate this
access and service?
(7) What is the likely cost to Metro of any redundancy payment applicable
to the former incumbent?
(8) Is this change part of a strategy to centralise key managerial positions
and offices of government business in the south of the State?
The answer read as follows:
(1) The position that was made redundant at Metro in Launceston was
the role of northern operations manager and it was Metro's chief executive
officer's decision to make this position redundant. Metro did not have
a northern regional manager position based in Launceston.
(2) There is now one operations manager and this position is based in
Hobart - the State operations manager has responsibility for the operation
of bus services in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart.
(3) The former incumbent has been paid a redundancy in line with his
(4) The employment conditions attached to the position of northern operations
manager were as set out in the Metro Tasmania Award 2002 as it relates
to salaried officers, a precis of these being:
" 38-hour week;
" permanent, full-time employment;
" four weeks' annual leave;
" personal leave, bereavement leave, parental leave;
" superannuation 9 per cent plus ability to salary sacrifice;
" long service leave as per the Long Service Leave (State Employees)
" redundancy entitlements of four weeks, plus two weeks for each
completed year of service, and pro rata for each completed month; and
" full use of a motor vehicle.
(5) No, this was an internal Metro matter.
(6) The chief executive officer, general manager operations, general
manager infrastructure and engineering, general manager business development
and planning and State operations manager all regularly visit the northern
region and will be available to resolve access and service issues in
the northern area of the State. Currently the general manager operations,
general manager infrastructure and engineering, and State operations
manager visit on a weekly basis. In particular, the operations function
within Metro is now headed up by the State operations manager, which
will bring benefits to Metro and especially northern Tasmania through
improved communication and standardisation of Metro's policies and procedures.
(7) The cost to Metro of the redundancy payment for the position of
northern operations manager was in accordance with the redundancy entitlements
of four weeks, plus two weeks for each completed year of service and
pro rata for each completed month.
(8) No, this was an internal Metro decision to streamline current operational
processes, ensure a consistent approach to the application of Metro's
policies, procedures and achievement of corporate objectives.