Mayors score a $20,000 pay rise
SIX mayors have scored whopping pay increases of as much as 32 per cent, while their councillors will trouser up to 20 per cent more.
However those contacted said they don’t do the job for the money, which will no doubt be a comfort to their ratepayers.
Mayors at six local councils are now eligible for pay rises between $12,730 and $20,690, thanks to a landmark ruling by the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal, made on May 12. Mayors at Liverpool, Fairfield, Sutherland, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Wollongong can now legally receive pay increases of between 15 and 32 per cent. Councillors in these areas are eligible to receive pay rises between 8 and 20 per cent.
These increases are way above the 2.5 per cent cap on public sector wages brought in by the state government.
The large pay increases are because of a shake-up in the way councils are classified following amalgamation in 2016.
When contacted by The Sunday Telegraph and told of his maximum 32 per cent pay increase, Fairfield independent Mayor Frank Carbone said: “Oh wow.”
“We do not do the job for the money and there is a lot of responsibility,” Mr Carbone, who now earns $62,090, said.
Liverpool Labor Mayor Wendy Waller, who now earns $63,640, confirmed the council had lobbied for a change in the council’s classification, which meant an increase in pay. “I don’t do this job for the money. I work more than 40 hours a week to get better outcomes for our community,” she said.
Local Government Minister Gabriel Upton refused to comment. Office of Local Government spokeswoman Lindsay Ewens said the tribunal’s decision was based on the criteria in the Local Government Act.