Councillors say no to pay rise

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Charters Towers Regional Council’s elected members have voted not to take the latest pay rise due to them.

Mayor Frank Beveridge said that because of the current economic climate it was inappropriate that councillors accept the recommended pay rise.

“I commend my fellow councillor for this decision which I believe reflects their understanding of Council’s current financial austerity,” Cr Beveridge says.

“This decision means that there will be no further pay increase for Charters Towers Regional Council’s elected members during the life of this Council.”

Councillors unanimously voted against the pay rise in a recent general meeting that was recommended in the Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal Report 2014.

The Tribunal’s recommendation contained a proposed an increase of 2.3 per cent in councillor remuneration effective from 1 July 2015.

Under the Local Government Act 2009 the Tribunal has responsibility in deciding which category each local government belongs to and deciding the remuneration that is payable to councillors. Charters Towers Regional Council is a category three council.

The Tribunal’s recommendation is an annual process.

The next Queensland Local Government elections are scheduled March 2016.