Thursday, 29 June 2017

Clarence Valley Council's nine elected members decline pay rise for fifth year running

Clarence Valley Council, media alert, 28 June 2017:

Councillors again decline pay rise

FOR the fifth year running, Clarence Valley councillors have declined to give themselves a pay rise.

At their meeting in Maclean last night, councillors voted unanimously not to accept increases allowed under the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal guidelines. Councillors have not
accepted any increase since 2013/14.

Councillors will continue to receive $17,490 a year while the maximum allowable under the guidelines for a regional rural council, such as the Clarence Valley Council, is $19,310.

Under the remuneration schedule adopted by council last night, the mayor will receive an additional $35,525 (maximum allowable under the guidelines is $38,880) and the deputy mayor will receive an additional $2935 (maximum allowable $3240). The deputy mayor’s allowance is deducted from the mayoral allowance.

The motion not to accept the allowable increase was moved by the deputy mayor, Cr Jason Kingsley, and supported by all colleagues present (Cr Arthur Lysaught was an apology for the

The mayor, Cr Jim Simmons, said the amounts were not large, but it was important for councillors to show restraint when the organisation was looking to improve its financial position.

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