Pay rise for councillors
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.