Carter supports pay rise
COUNCILLORS will vote to give themselves a “well-deserved” pay rise this afternoon.
At least, they will if Mayor Brad Carter has anything to do with it.
The Mayor said he had no doubt that his 10 colleagues had earnt a rise of about 3% that had been recommended by Queensland’s remuneration tribunal for politicians.
The rise will mirror that awarded to backbench members of the Queensland Parliament and members of regional and city councils throughout the state.
“We can vote to accept or reject the increase, but my view is that the councillors are entitled to what’s on offer.
“Under the current formula it translates as a slight reduction in pay for them compared to what they got when they were first elected, because of a reduction in amalgamation allowance,” he said.
The Mayor said he thought state politicians had been very cunning to accept the tribunal’s recommendation for themselves and leave local government representatives to take the brunt of criticism from their ratepayers.
“We have an excellent set of representatives who engage in vigorous debates and work hard for the region,” he said.
“I know they deserve the increase.”
If the vote goes as expected the rise will be backdated to January 1.
It is understood that the new rate of pay would put the Mayor on $158,000, Deputy Mayor Rose Swadling on $106,500 and the nine remaining councillors on close to $96,500.
When members of the remuneration tribunal came to Rockhampton to hear submissions in September, Cr Carter argued that councillors who chaired committees should receive extra payments for their additional work and responsibilities.
But the tribunal did not agree.