|Issue No 41||26 November 1999|
Free National Parks Access as Bans Kick In
By Les Carr
Staff in the National Parks and Wildlife Service will begin work bans from Monday morning, including New Years Eve and Olympic work.
The New Year Eve ban will hit Sydney Harbour celebrations as NPWS controls most of the islands and lots of foreshore land around the harbour. Also banned is the collection of revenue - the public can visit parks for free.
Visits by the Premier, Minister, Director-General and Members of Parliament are also banned - none of those lovely publicity events will be staged.
The bans have been imposed because of the refusal of the Director-General to fill vacancies with people recommended by selection panels for district manager jobs.
For instance, of five people recommended for regional managers in Sydney, the Director-General Brian Gilligan refused to appoint four. Across the state, nine recommended people were not appointed.
PSA President Maurie O'Sulliva says it appears everybody is out of step except Mr Gilligan.
"The jobs were advertised externally. The interview panels were properly constituted, with senior people from NPWS and independent panellists from other agencies. Their recommendations were properly made', O'Sullivan says.
PSA members in NPWS are furious at Gilligan's rejection of experienced and competent people , says Maurie O'Sullivan.
The public service has strict laws and procedures to protect merit selection, ensure fairness, stop discrimination, and stop the appointment of cronies.
"This is an unusual case in that the union and members are supporting the management - the selections were made by senior managers - against the decisions of the Director General. And we are supporting the Government's merit selection laws and policy," O'Sullivan says.
Gilligan's refusal to appoint - members see it as a purge - comes on top of months of turmoil in NPWS. The department is undergoing a restructure from 26 districts to 19 regions across the state.
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