UPDATE: GOULBURN Murray Water will slash up to 60 jobs in a restructure.GMW chief executive Gavin Hanlon told Weekly Times Now this afternoon a three-week consultation process with staff would begin on the proposed changes.
He said frontline positions like water services officers would not be cut.
The cuts are mainly around the Tatura area with the aim to reduce middle management.
He said 180 positions would be made redundant but 120 new positions were expected to be created which meant 60 people would be left without jobs.
"GMW is a big complex business and we want to keep the prices as lower as we can," Mr Hanlon said.
He said the company had seen a shift from its manual labor origins and there was a lot of re-skilling of staff to keep up with the technology to deliver modern irrigation.
The water authority believes after the restructure is complete it will save about $3.5 million a year.
Earlier this year, Weekly Times Now reported the water authority would axe up to 70 jobs by 2019 as it grappled with reduced revenue.
The company has also put a freeze on filling vacancies.
Community and Public Sector Union state secretary Karen Batt said the union was concerned about the number of redundancies and the number of staff expected to be re-deployed.
The union will meet with GMW tomorrow.