Coun­cil­lors given nod on pay rise

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

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