Councillors given nod on pay rise
TOWNSVILLE’S mayor and councillors are in line for a 2.1 per cent pay increase under the recommendations of the Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal.
The recommendations are contained in a tribunal report released late last year with the 2.1 per cent rise recommended for each category of council in Queensland which, if approved, will apply from July 1 this year.
The rise would increase the pay of Mayor Jenny Hill to $204,036, for Deputy Mayor Les Walker to $138,745 and for councillors to $122,421.
In making its determination, the tribunal considered a consumer price increase of 2.1 per cent for 2017-18, a wage price index increase of 2.25 per cent in 2017-18 and a decision of the Councillor Remuneration Tribunal of Brisbane City Council to recommend an increase of 2 per cent from July last year.
The remuneration increase for councillors does not include any amount paid for expenses or facilities and any contribution the council may make to a voluntary superannuation scheme. The level of superannuation payments made to a councillor is determined by individual councils, having regard to relevant Commonwealth legislation.