Staff at Kyabram SPCA are still uncertain about their future even after a $100 million investment plan.February 14, 2014 4:40pm
SPCA Kyabram remains shrouded in uncertainty even after Thursday’s announcement of a $100 million investment plan to save the company.
The Victorian Government’s promise to provide $22 million to flailing SPC Ardmona in Shepparton, alongside $78 million from Coca-Cola Amatil, has helped save the Goulburn Valley business but there is little information regarding the future of Kyabram’s 50 staff.
SPCA Managing Director Peter Kelly had confirmed the closure of the Kyabram and Mooroopna sites would be necessary before Thursday’s announcement.
Staff would be integrated into Shepparton’s upgraded site over a number of years.
Speculation still surrounds whether this move will take place in two or five years, and how many staff will be needed.
Sally Loane, director of Media and Public Affairs for Coca Cola Amatil, has said that the key issue for all SPC employees now is to embrace productivity, which is being encouraged right through the business.
She said that there is no hard and fast timetable for the move to Shepparton and will be worked out by SPCA management over the coming months.
On Friday General Secretary of the AMWU Tom Hale said that the position for Kyabram workers was still too early to assess.
‘‘As far as the community of Kyabram and the workers of Kyabram should be concerned we’ve still got a lot of work to do before there are a lot of celebrations,’’ Mr Hale said.
‘‘We probably don’t see a future in trying to force them to keep some of the places open in that I think they would just steamroll us and just go ahead and do it anyway so I think its a matter of trying to negotiate and mitigate the impacts that it will have on people.’’
‘‘I understand it isn’t good news but if the alternative was shutting the whole lot, which is what looked like the alternative only a week or so ago would be, then I guess it’s a better alternative then the whole of the Goulburn Valley losing that income.’’
The redevelopment of Shepparton Library, which will feature accessible shelving, a teen-specific area, a Skype booth and internet-enabled work stations, will be completed in the next two months.
The Ovens & Murray qualifying final between Yarrawonga and Lavington on Saturday left spectators talking more about the standard of umpiring than the two competing teams.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
The Kiss Angels, 50 Shades of Hope team have come up with a creative way of fundraising for the Relay for Life, a purple potty.
District hotels and businesses may change rosters with penalty rates for casual employees on Sundays set to be cut.
Students visit local businesses for reading lessons
Bottle thrown at Jason Cole in bitter aftermath to Seymour-Benalla game on Saturday.
A truck driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a Jerilderie home yesterday morning.
Chef and co-owner of Heathcote’s Willow Room Brent Loam is thrilled with the listing in the 2015 Age Good Food Guide
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
A sophisticated hydroponic cannabis system was discovered by police at the Victoria Hotel last week.
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