Councillors give to charities
COUNCILLOR salary hikes granted last month have been turned down by two members of the Fraser Coast council.
David Dalgleish and Les MucKan revealed on Wednesday that they had donated their pay rises to charity.
Mr Dalgleish has redirected his pay rise of about $340 per annum to the AGL Helicopter Rescue Service while Mr MucKan has given his to the Fred Hollows Foundation which fights to prevent blindness.
Mr MucKan said he had intended to keep this decision private but a public comment by another councillor on his decision to vote against the pay rise last month changed his mind.
“To have it thrown up in my face in an open forum left me bewildered and breathless,” he said. He did not say which councillor made the comment.
Mr Dalgleish said he had led by example and did so by not taking a ratepayer-funded car.
“At a time when we are asking the community to tighten their belts and we are looking for cost cutting measures across the council workforce, I felt it hypocritical of me to accept any pay rise.
“I can proudly say that my pay rise has gone back to the community and not into my pocket.
“What other councillors do is up to them and I respect most councillors for their decision.”
Last month’s pay rise, which equates to about one per cent over two years, pushed the mayor’s salary to $130,540, the deputy mayor’s to $88,110 and councillors’ to $78,320.
The Chronicle understands other councillors have also made donations to charities of their choice.