Pay rise for coun­cil­lors

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

It sees the coun­cil­lor pay in­crease from $11,570 per an­num to $11,860 and the mayor’s pay­ment go up to $25,880 from $25,250.

The mayor also re­ceives the coun­cil­lor pay­ment, mak­ing the to­tal pay­ment to the mayor of $37,740.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil is one of 57 coun­cils cat­e­gorised as Ru­ral for the pur­poses of an­nual fees de­ter­mined by the re­mu­ner­a­tion tri­bunal.

At yes­ter­day’s monthly coun­cil meet­ing, the de­ci­sion to ac­cept the tri­bunal’s de­ter­mi­na­tion was unan­i­mous. “It’s such a big ‘shire’ and a lot of work that you have to do,” Cr Fred Long­mire said.

“Over the river (Vic­to­ria) it’s a lot more (re­mu­ner­a­tion).”

Cr Gail Law said coun­cilors are worth “ev­ery cent”.

“It’s a lot of time out of your own time and harder for coun­cilors who are in em­ploy­ment,” she said. Mayor Pat Bourke agreed, “I don’t believe we make a profit,” he said.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s nine coun­cil­lors will re­ceive a 2.5% pay rise for 2018/19 fol­low­ing the range of pay­ments set by the Local Gov­ern­ment Re­mu­ner­a­tion Tri­bunal.

Meet­ing rooms named

In other news, the meet­ing room with kitch­enette off Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s Cham­ber which hosts coun­cil meet­ings at the Corowa Civic Cen­tre is to be named the Mur­ray Room, fol­low­ing the sug­ges­tions by Cr Norm Wales.

In his re­port for coun­cil­lors’ con­sid­er­a­tion, coun­cil’s Gen­eral Man­ager Adrian But­ler sug­gested the un­named room should be named to make it eas­ier for staff to make book­ings at the civic cen­tre.

“The meet­ing room off the coun­cil cham­ber pro­vides an ex­cel­lent venue for train­ing and other non-for­mal coun­cil or com­mit­tee meet­ings,” he said.

The op­por­tu­nity was also taken by coun­cil to name the two un­named meet­ing rooms close to the civic cen­tre’s en­trance.

The first meet­ing room is to be named the Tom Roberts Room, hav­ing been sug­gested by Cr Fred Long­mire.

The se­cond meet­ing room is to be named the Tommy McRae Room, fol­low­ing sug­ges­tions by Cr Gail Law.

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