Coun­cil­lors vote for a pay rise

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHITSUNDAY coun­cil­lors’ work­loads are such that they col­lec­tively de­serve a 26% pay rise, ac­cord­ing to a coun­cil sub­mis­sion lodged this week with the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Re­mu­ner­a­tion and Dis­ci­pline Tri­bunal.

Cur­rently a cat­e­gory four coun­cil, the mayor’s po­si­tion earns $120,226 per an­num, the deputy mayor earns $75,141 and coun­cil­lors earn $63,870.

The coun­cil’s sub­mis­sion said be­cause of coun­cil­lors’ work­loads, the re­gion’s bur­geon­ing tourism mar­ket and “com­mit­ted or pro­posed” Chi­nese in­vest­ment ap­proach­ing $2 bil­lion, the Whitsunday Re­gional Coun­cil level should be in­creased to cat­e­gory five.

As a cat­e­gory five coun­cil, the mayor would be paid $142,769 per an­num, the deputy mayor $93,927 and coun­cil- lors would pocket $82,655.

Whitsunday Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney said as a cat­e­gory five coun­cil, the Whit­sun­days would be in a stronger po­si­tion to seek gov­ern­ment fund­ing and de­liver a wide range of ser­vices and in­vest in vi­tal com­mu­nity in­fras­truc­ture.

“Whitsunday Re­gional Coun­cil com­pares very favourably to other cat­e­gory five lo­cal gov­ern­ments in terms of size and pop­u­la­tion, and we think it’s only fit­ting that our re­gion is given the recog­ni­tion it de­serves,” she said.

The mo­tion was passed four votes to three, with Crs Jen­nifer Whit­ney, John Collins, John Atkin­son and Jan Clif­ford vot­ing for the sub­mis­sion and Crs Dave Clark, Pe­ter Ra­m­age and An­drew Will­cox vot­ing against the mo­tion.

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