Gerard O’Connell was one of three councillors to donate his last pay rise.
Gerard O’Connell was one of three councillors to donate his last pay rise.

Councillors may vote down pay rise

COUNCILLORS can say a resounding no to their next pay rise and do not need to accept even the lowest rung on their imminent ladder of more dollars.

A Fraser Coast councillor has revealed that if a majority of our 11 councillors vote against the State Remuneration Tribunal's range of pay levels to be announced on December 1, then not one of them will get the pay hike.

“Councillor Les MucKan and myself actually did vote against the last pay rise awarded to all of us,” councillor David Dalgleish said.

“But in the final chamber vote we lost.

“There were just the two of us saying no and the rest saying yes.

“Then they went on and awarded themselves the top level of the pay scale.

“That's when the tribunal and local government rules kick in and we had to accept the pay rises that the majority of our colleagues voted in for themselves.”

At least three of the councillors however did give away their extra money to charities. Those councillors were Mr MucKan, Mr Dalgleish and Gerard O'Connell.

The tribunal is now accepting public submissions on councillors' salaries before it makes a decision on which councils will be offered what range of pay.

December 1 is the deadline for those pay scales to be announced and councillors need to vote on which level they want for their year's work – or whether they want any of it.



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