Visit to DER by Minister for Environment, Hon Stephen Dawson MLC
By Leanne Reid our Superannuation Champion
On Thursday 4 May 2017 the Minister for Environment and Disability Services, Hon Stephen Dawson MLC visited the Department of Environment Regulation to introduce himself and have discussions with employees.
The Minister’s visit was met with great anticipation from Department of Environment Regulation employees and an unprecedented amount of formal wear!
The Minister introduced himself in a most congenial and informal way and shook hands with many employees, even remembering Officers he had previously worked with as Chief of Staff to the then Environment Minister in the Carpenter government.
The Minister visited the Noise Laboratory for a demonstration of noise emissions examples and joked with other staff in Gaelic.
The Minister, and his Chief of Staff Louise Holding also had a 15 minute meeting with CPSU/CSA Delegates Theo Bazen and Leanne Reid.
A number of items were openly discussed and the delegates were pleased with the Ministers’ openness, willingness to engage and responses.
The Minister indicated he is keen to continue meeting with delegates in the future.
There was a noticeable upswing of morale and atmosphere and a definite buzz throughout the Department following the Minister’s visit.
People were noticeably cheerful, there was much laughter and even whistling and singing were heard in the corridors.
The buzz was interpreted as a sigh of relief and a positive outlook for the future.
It was an iconic and memorable visit.
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