SENIOR planning staff at Mornington Peninsula Shire may have been shown the door, with redundancies offered to long-standing team leaders and managers in the strategic projects and statutory planning departments.
One senior manager has been offered a lesser role to stay with the organisation, which in its most recent round of staff cuts shed staff or downgraded positions at Hastings, Mornington, and Rosebud libraries.
Mornington Peninsula Shire chief operating officer Alison Leighton would not be drawn on the extent of the redundancies last week. “The shire has been looking at ways to further improve the delivery of customer service by its Planning Services team,” she said.
“To this end, an approach that looks at several factors has been put to team members. This includes enhanced responsiveness and customer service, process improvements and simplification, clarifying performance measurements, reducing complexity and unnecessary administrative processes, and seeking ways to attract, develop and retain high performance team members.
“The general response to the proposed changes has been positive, however, consultation with all team members is still under way preventing any further comment at this time.”