Cr Mick Curran
Cr Mick Curran

Do we want more pay? Yes we do

GYMPIE regional councillors voted themselves a 2.5% pay rise this week after a "major anomaly" in the Local Government Act thwarted an automatic pay rise for councils.

Under the Act, the Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal decides each year what remuneration should be paid to mayors, deputy mayors and councillors.

The tribunal announced on December 12, 2012, that Queensland councillors' pay would rise by 2.5% from January 1, 2013.

A glitch in the regulation, however, made it necessary for each council to then formally adopt that pay schedule within 90 days of it being gazetted.

The pay rates are based on varying percentages of a state MP's salary, currently $140,578, depending on the size of each council area. Gympie Regional Council is Category 4.

Mayor Ron Dyne told the council on Wednesday "a technical error in the regulation requires councillors to vote on this".

Cr Mick Curran said "the legislation probably does not say what it was intended to".

Both men said they hoped the situation would soon be rectified.

"Realistically, an independent regulator should be deciding on what our remuneration is," Cr Curran said.

Under changes to the Local Government Act, councillors no longer have to declare a conflict of interest when considering their own pay rates.

Remuneration Tribunal chairman Adrian Bloomfield said the 2.5% increase constituted a "moderate and affordable increase at a time of continuing financial and economic uncertainty in Queensland, Australia and internationally".

"It also reflects the cautious approach the tribunal has adopted, since it was established in 2007, to the setting of remuneration levels for local government elected representatives," Mr Bloomfield said.

 

New pay rates for GRC

  • Mayor Ron Dyne: 80% of MLA salary - $112,462
  • Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett: 50% of MLA salary - $70,289
  • Councillors: 42.5% MLA salary - $59,746

Do you think Gympie councillors deserve a pay rise?

This poll ended on 30 June 2013.

Current Results

Yes

21%

No

78%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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