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Council votes unanimously to take pay rise

At last night’s CHCC meeting Councillors voted unanimously to take a pay rise for that resulted as a possibility because Council had been redesignated by the State Government from being a Regional Rural Council to the new Regional Centre Council category.

The eight Councillors who voted for the increase

Essentially Councillors voted to give themselves approximately a 20% increase on their current rate and the Mayors new overall salary of $60,000 represents a 36% increase on the former rate.

The increases represnet an increase overall of approximately $48,000 above what was apid to the Mayor and all Councillors on the old rate.

The following options were available to Councillors to consider lasst night:

1.    Resolve to maintain the 2019/20 fees for the 2020/21 financial year which represents 83% and 76% of the maximum fees for the Councillors and the Mayor (respectively) under the Regional Centre category.

2.    Resolve to fix the annual fees for Councillors and the Mayor at the maximum for the Regional Centre category.

3.    Resolve to fix the annual fees for Councillors and the Mayor at another amount between the minimum and maximum allowable annual fees for the Regional Centre category.

Coffs Coast Outlook published a story on this earier in the week which can be found here; https://coffscoastoutlook.com.au/?p=35457

8 Comments

  1. 40cmPedestalFan

    Unanimously? Smacks of prior discussion.

  2. Graeme Sheehan

    A wasted opportunity for a goodwill gesture to defer undeserved payrise during economic disaster to atone for the CCC idiocy that the community has endured for the past 18 months.

    Reminds me of that old adage about never standing between a politician and a bag of money.

    Pathetic!

  3. Gai Anderson

    Actually mayors get paid the councillors fee and the mayoral fee. IE Our Mayor’s went (assuming it WAS on the Regional Rural maximum) from $64,000 to $84,000

  4. Gai Anderson

    Actually mayors get paid the councillors fee and the mayoral fee. IE Our Mayor’s went (assuming it WAS on the Regional Rural maximum) from $64,000 to $84,000

    But by comparison to equivalent responsibility positions in government and not for profit organisations this is still low. And low compared to state MPs

  5. Chris black

    Disgusting ….with so many having lost their jobs and doing it tough …definitely not the time…

  6. Archie Black

    While I don’t begrudge the Councillors having extra $$ added to their “allowances”, the eye watering salary and perks of the GM is something that should be an outrage to the ratepayers.
    My understanding is that he is on around $375,000 PA with perks, car allowance and possibly directors fees for being on the board of Rally Australia, Coastal Works and Prosper Coffs to name just these, although there may be more income streaming in that comes with the other “hats” he wears as General Manager.
    Now that the Councillors have received an increase because Coffs Harbour City Council has gone up a tier in the level of NSW Government pay scales to a “Regional Council” level, what follows for the GM ?
    Does it follow then that the Council GM will in turn receive a hefty pay rise (rumoured to be 30% ?) with being elevated to this Regional Council status ?
    We should be outraged that we have a Council General Manager who could be receiving more than the Prime Minister !!

  7. Peter Watt

    I have done these calculations before and the salary for being a councillor is very low. To be effective it is a commitment of at least 20 to 40 hours per week. Would you do the job for $10 to $20 an hour.

  8. rob bailey

    ….ah yes the old adage”pay peanuts and you get monkeys”…..unfortunately we are still stuck with monkeys no matter what you pay them…

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