Councillor salary shake-up
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.