Chronicle editor Peter Chapman with the case for a no vote for a councillor pay rise.
Chronicle editor Peter Chapman with the case for a no vote for a councillor pay rise. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

No to councillors' pay rise

FRASER Coast ratepayers haven’t just voiced their opposition to any pay rise for local councillors, they have shouted it.

The Chronicle poll asking if you thought they should get a pay increase produced an extraordinary response with more than 350 readers ripping out our front page from last Thursday and circling the word “no”.

That was backed by 257 readers who emailed their thoughts.

Of all those who responded just one reader said yes and that was qualified as to only apply to two councillors.

Our poll followed notification from the Queensland Remunerations office that it would be offering a pay increase in December this year to all councillors in the state.

The tribunal will hand a high and low increase amount to Fraser Coast councillors and it will be up to them to determine which they take. If was up to the hundreds who voted, they should turn their backs on any increase.

In fairness a poll asking whether people favoured giving them an increase coming on top of new rate notices was never going to produce a positive outcome.

It did, however, give ratepayers the opportunity to say they were far from happy with the way things are going at the moment.

Councillor David Dalgleish has gone on record to say that if he is forced to take a pay rise he will donate that extra money again to a local charity.

“When I was forced to take the pay rise last year I said I would donate it to charity and that’s what I did,” he said.

“AGL Helicopter Rescue received a cheque from me and I have tabled those receipts.”

Councillor Gerard O’Connell also donated the increase he received last time to charity after disagreeing with the pay rise.

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