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Concern over uni staff levels

A Launceston City Council alderman has repeated concerns that senior staff levels at the University of Tasmania in Launceston have eroded. Ald. Robin McKendrick has listed a notice of motion for Monday's meeting, recommending that the council seek an urgent meeting with Premier Paul Lennon to "express serious concerns at erosion of senior staff levels and numbers".The issue was first raised by Legislative Council President Don Wing in July, when he said the facility was concentrating its professors in Hobart at the expense of Launceston.At that time, university executive director for planning and development Paul Barnett said there were 14 non-administrative professors in the North, compared with 50 in Hobart.He said other professorial positions were being considered.A university spokeswoman yesterday said those numbers had not changed and would not make any more comment on the issue.Ald.

McKendrick will speak to the motion on Monday.A Government spokeswoman yesterday said that it was an interesting request because funding and staffing of universities was a Federal Government responsibility.Meanwhile, the council will decide on a road layout for an Outline Development Plan at St Leonards, which may involve a road link between Abels Hill Rd and Johnston Rd to make the transition to the Tasman Highway safer.A report to the council from infrastructure manager Geoff Brayford said the link would "provide for efficient traffic movement from east to west" by removing the two existing 90-degree angle curves on a steep section of Abels Hill Rd which "are dangerous".The council has also been asked to approve changes to the fee structure for truck and combination truck entries to the Remount Refuse Disposal Area.If changes are adopted, they would see a $6 rise to $14 for a covered small combination vehicle up to 4.5t (gross combination mass) and a $6 rise to $18 for an uncovered small combination vehicle up to 4.5t GCM.

But pensioners may receive some slight rates relief, after the council recommended a remission of more than $4500 to 595 pensioners after finding an error with its water charges.HAVE YOUR SAY: Write a letter to The Examiner at PO Box 99, Launceston 7250, or e-mail editor@examiner.com.au.


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