George cross over Kempsey move

THE closure of the Lismore Red Cross has led to several job losses, contrary to information previously outlined, according to State Member for Lismore Thomas George.

In a letter to Red Cross NSW executive director Lewis Kaplan, supplied to The Northern Star, Mr George has outlined a number of jobs that have been lost in Lismore due to the relocation and expressed his disappointment.

“Again I remind you of my concerns expressed to you regrading the positions now lost from the regional office based in Lismore,” Mr George states in the letter.

“Two part-time co-ordinators, one fundraiser, one regional manager, one regional secretary and one first-aid co-ordinator. Simply I ask, and the members ask, where and in which direction is Red Cross going?

“Please listen to your 22 branches of Red Cross and the community and retain your regional office in Lismore.”

Mr Kaplan had previously said one employee at the Lismore branch would be affected by the relocation of the office to Kempsey and that person would be offered redeployment or a redundancy package.

A community meeting on the relocation will be held in Lismore next week and Mr George said he was very disappointed that Mr Kaplan was not attending.

Mr George believes the truth needs to be told.

He said Mr Kaplan was avoiding the meeting because he didn’t want to know how the community was really feeling.

“The Red Cross volunteers feel like their opinion doesn’t matter any more,” Mr George said.

Mr Kaplan was contacted, but was unable to respond by deadline yesterday.

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