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.