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Payrise unanimously refused and redirected

24 June 2020  


At the Wednesday 23 June 2020 General Council Meeting, Councillors resolved to accept no remuneration increase and remain at the same level of remuneration as per the 2018 Annual Report of the Local Government Remuneration Commission.


Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Vic Pennisi said that Council believed the role of Councillors should reflect the community they represent, and remuneration should be included in that reflection.


“There are a lot of small businesses and individuals who have experienced a lot of financial instability throughout the drought and COVID-19. Councillors believe that accepting a pay increase when our community has felt such acute financial pain is not appropriate,” said Mayor Vic Pennisi.


“The Local Government Remuneration Commission determines a legal maximum, but this recommendation does not take into account the nuances of every community. It is the role of the Councillors to determine objectively if this is appropriate for their local government areas.


“Councillors and I believe that the money earmarked for a pay rise would be better spent in other areas of Council.”


Each year, the Local Government Remuneration Commission decides the maximum amount of remuneration payable to the various categories of local government. Unless Council decides by resolution that the maximum amount is not payable, then the maximum remuneration schedule is applicable.


Additionally, a resolution must be made determining the amount payable to Councillors, which cannot be more than the maximum amount of remuneration payable to the Councillors under the remuneration schedule. Southern Downs Councillors have voted to maintain the same level of remuneration indicated in the 2018 Annual Report.


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