Councillor wage rises slow compared to MPs
THE divide in pay rates between Gympie regional councillors and MPs like Gympie's David Gibson is expected to grow with increases in salary for councillors from July far less than those recently awarded to MPs.
While many State MPs recently scored pay increases of more than 20%, increases for councillors started at a more modest 4.5%.
As of late last year, pay increases of councillors are no longer linked to those of state MPs.
Instead, they are set by the Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal, according to the size of the council.
An independent tribunal also set the pay rates of MPs, which included a $67,525 rise for Premier Campbell Newman, taking his pay to $379,160.
The increases awarded included more than $3 million in back pay.
The pay rates for Queensland mayors range from $95,488 for smaller councillors through to more than $220,000 for the largest councils like the Gold Coast.
Councillor pay rates range from $47,444 for the smallest councils to more than $135,000 for the largest council.
There are nine categories for councils but no councils are included in the first two categories.
The new pay rates for Queensland councillors, which don't include other allowances, come in on July 1 this year.
The issue of MPs' pay continues to be raised by readers, and in a recent column on the Queensland's need to cut spending.
But in his response, Treasurer Tim Nicholls dodged the issue completely.
Gympie regional council is a Category 4 council.
The Mayor receives $117,523, Deputy Mayor $73,452 and councillors $62,434.
All amounts are base rates and don't include vehicles and other expenses.