Coun­cil­lor salary shake-up

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS -

May­ors and coun­cil­lors could have salaries and al­lowances in­creased or slashed de­pend­ing on their train­ing and qual­i­fi­ca­tions as part of changes be­ing con­sid­ered by WA La­bor to shake up lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

The idea comes as the State Gov­ern­ment looks for ways to bring greater di­ver­sity to lo­cal gov­ern­ment, with a re­port show­ing coun­cils are dom­i­nated by “white, el­derly males”. The Gov­ern­ment is also set to look again at the cul­ture of gifts and “con­tri­bu­tions” show­ered upon coun­cil­lors, of­ten from prop­erty de­vel­op­ers and big busi­ness.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter David Tem­ple­man said coun­cils needed to find ways of at­tract­ing women, younger peo­ple and var­ied eth­nic­i­ties to be truly rep­re­sen­ta­tive of their com­mu­ni­ties.

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