Ratepayers could face a rate increase after being left with a $17.5 million bill, following WorkSafe suddenly scrapping the MAV WorkCare Self-Insurance Scheme.
The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has expressed concern at the move as even less money will now be available for local services and resources.
For no obvious reason, more than 30 local councils have now been forced into the poorer performing WorkSafe Investments.
Worryingly, the impacted local councils have seen no sign of financial support, with the Minister responsible failing to meet with MAV or respond to their concerns.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Local Government, Richard Riordan:
“This is yet another example of Labor’s lack of connection and consultation with regional areas and local councils.
“The Andrews Labor Government has not met with MAV or provided support to these disadvantaged local councils. These costs will be passed onto ratepayers, further increasing rates and threatening local services.”