Coast mayor's presidential win worth about $120,000 per year
SUNSHINE Coast mayor Mark Jamieson has been catapulted into one of the most prestigious jobs in Queensland, elected as Local Government Association of Queensland president today.
The result was confirmed by members of the Association only a few minutes ago at the 120th annual conference on the Gold Coast.
The Coast's mayor is reportedly "chuffed", as the votes are all officially counted and the decision is officially ratified.
The result will see Cr Jamieson take on the role of figurehead for 77 Queensland councils through to the next local election in 2020.
Cr Jamieson beat Western Downs councillor and former Western Downs mayor Cr Ray Brown to the top job, replacing acting president Jenny Hill and outgoing LGAQ president and retiring Brisbane City councillor Margaret de Wit.
Cr Jamieson, elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016, is expected to pick up about $120,000 per year in his role as LGAQ president, on top of the $214,604 he's paid per year as Sunshine Coast mayor.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is paid just under $386,000 per year while Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull earns a PM's salary of more than $500,000 per year.
The annual base rate for Queensland State MPs is currently just more than $151,000 per year.
"I have invited the councils across Queensland to see me as a fresh approach, an agent of renewal and I am committed to being a good listener and working with them to find solutions," Cr Jamieson said in a statement released by the LGAQ this afternoon.
"The LGAQ is an organisation with a long and proud history of over a century of representation - and I look forward to contributing to its future.
"I have always been a person who looks beyond challenges for opportunities and the councils across Queensland have my commitment that I will lead the LGAQ in a direction that supports them to identify and secure the best possible opportunities for their communities.
"Importantly, what I offer the LGAQ is a fiercely independent President, with no political party allegiances and the fact that I have demonstrated the ability to work across the political divide and with whoever may be in power.
"This is crucial for local government given the volatility that has become a feature of the Federal and State political landscape."