Mayors and councillors cash in on rise
Dozens of Victorian Mayors will enjoy annual allowances and superannuation’s payments of more than $100,000 under pay rises approved by the state Government.
But the highest-paid elected local government official is Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp whose annual allowance plus super will jump to $215,639 from December 1.
Ms Capps deputy Arron Wood will earn $107,819 and their Councillors will be paid $49,325 each under a 2 per cent rise gazetted by the local government minister Marlene Kairouz.
It can be revealed City of Melbourne ratepayers jumped up $65,658 in airfares hotels and other expenses for Councillors over the past year.
Trips included $11,181 for a Councillor to attend an “intelligent community forum global summit” in London and $24,000 for 2 Councillors to take part in a business mission to China and Japan.
The council has previously said local and international travel was integral to capital City Councillors representing the interest of “citizens and stakeholders” with trade and travel missions delivering millions of dollars in investments for Melbourne.
But Ratepayers Victoria vice president Frank Sullivan said councils must be more accountable for the overseas trips taken by Councillors.
“We are concerned that there is little or no accountability” he said.
Mr Sullivan also called for the state government to appoint an independent body to make a fair and just assessment of the level of councillor’s allowances.
Under the latest pay rise Mayors from 24 top-tier, or category three councils will see their pay go up by $1931 to $98,465 plus super 9.5 per cent in super payments. Ordinary Councillors will get up to $30,827 a year plus super.
These Councillors include big metro ones such as Boroondara, Frankston, Moreland, Port Phillip and Whitehorse and regional ones including Ballarat, Greater Bendigo and Surf Coast.
Allowances for Mayors at category two councils –including Bayside, Hobsons Bay, Manningham, La Trobe, Mildura and Wangaratta – rise to $79,612 plus super, WITH COUNCILLORS GETTING UP TO $25,730.
Category one Councillors Mayors will get $61,651 and Councillors up to $20,636, plus super.
City of Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood will get $107,819 including super, from next month, while his deputy Peter Murrihy will get $33,755.
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Ratepayers president Jack Davis stated that we can now expect more increases in local government rates
In spite of our concerns raised with the Minister for local government Marlene Kairouz. who has ignored the hundreds of complaint and concerns raised by ratepayers about the abuse of the Local government act by Councillors
Rate rises of between 40% to 100% are common.
This is proof the labor minister Marlene Kairouz is not interested in ratepayers concerns.
We urge Ratepayers at the State election to express their concerns