(1) This section applies to a council (the
"transferee council" )--(a) that is constituted as a result of the amalgamation of two or more areas, where the council of one of those areas (the
"previous council" ) employed regular staff at a rural centre in the area of the transferee council immediately before the amalgamation took effect, or(b) whose geographical area is increased as a result of the alteration of the boundaries of two or more areas, where a council (the
"previous council" ) whose geographical area is reduced as a result of the alteration employed regular staff at a rural centre in the area of the transferee council immediately before the alteration took effect.
(2) The transferee council must ensure that the number of regular staff of the council employed at the rural centre is, as far as is reasonably practicable, maintained at not less than the same level of regular staff as were employed by the previous council at the centre immediately before the amalgamation or alteration of boundaries took effect.
(3) Subsection (2) does not have effect, or ceases to have effect, in such circumstances (if any) as are prescribed by the regulations.
(4) In this section--
"regular staff" of a council means--(a) staff appointed to a position within the organisational structure of the council, otherwise than on a temporary basis, and(b) casual staff who are engaged by the council on a regular and systematic basis for a sequence of periods of employment during a period of at least 6 months and who have a reasonable expectation of continuing employment with the council,but does not include senior staff.
"rural centre" has the meaning given by section 354B.