Accidents have caused Tweed Shire Council major pain.
Accidents have caused Tweed Shire Council major pain.

Council accidents push up premiums

SEVERAL serious accidents by Tweed Shire Council workers which caused workers’ compensation premiums to skyrocket have forced a last-minute re-jig of the council’s $204 million budget to avoid it slipping into deficit.

Councillors have formally approved the 2010-2011 budget which pushes up general council rates by 8.5 per cent after a range of last-minute adjustments to allow for a surprise $245,772 rise in the workers’ compensation premium.

But the council is keeping mum on the accidents that caused the blow-out and the injuries suffered by staff citing privacy legislation. “Council is not at liberty to discuss the individual nature of incident/accidents,” a spokesman said.



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