Mayoral account at head of table with $17,000
Mayoral account at head of table with $17,000

Councillors accrue expenses

COUNCILLORS ran up expenses of $81,000 during the last financial year according to information released by Rockhampton Regional Council.

Every councillor incurred additional costs during their duties – but there were big differences in the amounts paid to individuals, the figures have revealed.

Mayor Brad Carter’s expenses were nearly $17,000, while at the other end of the scale Cr Stephen Schwarten received just $1547.

Expenses are in addition to the councillors’ annual salaries, which together total about $1.2 million.

The 10 divisional representatives and Mayor are able to claim for transport, hospitality, accommodation and professional development while they are on official business.

But under the rules adopted at amalgamation, they are not allowed to submit claims for personal items or costs unrelated to council business, such as the purchase of alcoholic beverages.

Cr Sandra O’Brien said the amounts claimed by councillors to reimburse them for out-of-pocket expenses was extremely small.

Most of the $81,000 had been spent on attendance at conferences and training courses, she said. Councillors, particularly those who chaired relevant committees, had been required to attend information and training sessions on their responsibilities and on changes in legislation.

The salary package councillors receive includes home office equipment, uniforms, mobile phones, legal costs, insurance, vehicles, fuel and parking.

WHO GOT WHAT

According to the information contained in agenda documents, the expenses incurred by each of the councillors is as follows:

Mayor Brad Carter - $16,998.86

Deputy Mayor Rose Swadling - $8526.37

Cr Glenda Mather - $3510.81

Cr Brett Svendsen - $11,234.99

Cr Bill Ludwig - $3249

Cr Sandra O’Brien - $12,379

Cr Cherie Rutherford - $4422.08

Cr Greg Belz - $13,252.94

Cr Stephen Schwarten - $1547.71

Cr Tony Williams - $3116.74

Cr Graeme Brady - $2706

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