JOB CUTS: Origin Energy's Miles office.
JOB CUTS: Origin Energy's Miles office. File

Origin local job loss numbers announced

ORIGIN Energy has cut 75 jobs across the Western Downs as part of the company's restructure announced in January.

In total 32 local and 43 fly-in fly-out roles have been cut, with the losses offset by 16 new roles.

Origin Queensland senior external affairs manager Chris Zipf said the company advised all employees of the results of the restructure in March.

"Most who were unsuccessful and made redundant finished before Easter, some will leave by the end of this month," Mr Zipf said.

"Considerable effort has gone into completing this process as quickly as possible to provide certainty for people.

"Looking ahead, 225 people - around a quarter of our workforce - will continue to work and either live or stay locally in Western Downs."

He said the 16 new positions were filled during late March and early April.

Despite the cuts, Mr Zipf said the company remained committed to its goal to localise their workforce.

"The principles that have guided our living local commitments have not changed - we encourage and provide incentive for people to live locally, our FIFO workforce will continue to stay locally while on shift and we will continue to use motel accommodation for short stays to the region," Mr Zipf said.

"We have structured our business around the operation of our regional assets."

Western Downs Mayor Paul McVeigh said it was disappointing to see jobs lost in the region.

"Council has worked tirelessly to secure jobs in our region," he said.

"While we're disappointed, business is business.

"The big thing council is certainly driving for is any jobs in the business being advertised as local jobs."

Cr McVeigh said contractors were a big part of resource company workforces and "we want to see the contractors be advertised as local jobs as well".


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